If you were dazed and confused upon hearing middleweight king Anderson Silva would jump divisions to serve as a last-minute substitute to fight Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153, imagine how Chris Weidman (Pictured) felt.
Wonder no longer, because the 185-pound top contender is just as baffled as everyone else.
“I was a little shocked and confused and a little disappointed,” Weidman said on FUEL TV’s UFC Tonight. “I had just ended up getting elbow surgery a week ago. As soon as I was done announcing my [Tim] Boetsch fight, getting elbow surgery, the same week I find out that Silva is fighting Bonnar at UFC 153.
“It is tough, they are acting like he is doing a good deed, which is good, but it is a smart move on his part. It is definitely very calculated. He is going into a fight with odds I have never seen before, 14-to-1. He is not a dummy. Anybody could lose, it is just that sport, but he is going to make a couple million dollars at odds I’ve never seen before.”
What disappoints Weidman the most is that he was under the impression “The Spider’s” 2012 campaign was wrapped after beating Chael Sonnen in July. All of a sudden, Silva makes himself available on a minute’s notice – on two separate occasions.
“This whole time he and his managers were dead set on not fighting until 2013,” Weidman added. “They didn’t give a reason, but they were set. I thought it was fishy that they picked up a fight like it’s no big deal and I’m being called the number-one contender. They are saying it is not a marketable fight because I don’t have a lot of fights. But, I am the number-one contender, he should fight me. It is what it is and there is nothing I can do about it.”
Weidman fanboys believe Silva is ducking him because the baddest middleweight in bare feet might see his extended reign come to an abrupt end once they collide. “All-American” wouldn’t go as far as saying that, but he does believe he presents plenty of challenges Silva has never seen before.
“I don’t know,” Weidman said of Silva avoiding a showdown. “I just think I am definitely a big risk for him on paper. I am a good wrestler with good jiu jitsu and I don’t think he has seen anyone like me with my athleticism.
“On paper, I am a dead match for him. I think I am a tough challenge. I think his managers, more than him, are keeping him away from me. They want me to get more fights under my belt. They are not jumping with joy to have me fight Anderson.”
In any event, the Octagon train moves on and Weidman has been assigned to Tim Boetsch at UFC 155. Perhaps he’ll finally get his crack at Silva’s crown if he can bump his résumé to a perfect 10-0.