Yes, Weidman is the #1 contender, and yes, Anderson is ducking him. For what reasons? You'd have to be Anderson or privy to backstage details to know for sure. Of course Weidman is a bad match up, but we've all seen way too fucking much from Anderson to question his heart or toughness in the cage.
Put yourself in Anderson's shoes and evaluate the risk/reward ratio. If Ellenberger pulls the upset and beats Big Rig, and GSP beats Diaz, then a potential superfight between Anderson and GSP is very much back on the table. I think the Silva camp is hedging right now and waiting to see what happens at UFC 159. With all the hype that's building up (on forum threads just like this one) Weidman may prove to be a successful draw. Hell, Weidman may be the only draw if Anderson wants to make Anderson Silva money at any point this year, cause he sure as hell isn't looking to fight Jon Jones.
I have a hard time imagining Rashad being shoe-horned into a MW title fight, especially since he's so damn non-committal on the subject. He can talk the talk, but I don't get the sense that he's begging for an AS title shot. Rashad would need to pull off another Chuck Liddell-like KO to jump past Weidman, IMO.
Am I the only one who thinks it's a bad idea for Chris Weidman to be fighting a monster like Anderson straight off shoulder surgery? If I were him, I'd be looking for a tune up fight. Be careful what you wish for, Chris.
Last edited by trustkill; 01-31-2013 at 01:35 PM.