Originally Posted by Bork_Lazer
"Minimally, that means Chris has caught the eye of the champion with just 5 fights in the UFC, and the champ is not eager to face him."
That right there to me sounds idiotic. I think its pretty straight forward that Silva gains nothing out of fighting Weidman and that is why he doesn't want the fight. I see no other reason for him not to want that fight.
Why is that "idiotic"? He didn't say Anderson was scared. He didn't even speculate as to why Anderson doesn't want to face Chris. He just pointed out that Chris, with his short resume, has done enough to be noticed by Anderson, and yet, for whatever reason, Anderson doesn't care to face him.
P.S. - People consider Maia a "padded" win, because he was knocked out in mid-air by Nate, then won a decision against Dan Miller, before being asked to fill in for Vitor against Silva. He was still a pretty one dimensional fighter at the time as well. It wasn't until his loss to Munoz that he exhibited a marked improvement in his striking.