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    Default Weidman says he got UFC 162 title fight with Silva only because Evans lost

    Weidman says he got UFC 162 title fight with Silva only because Evans lost | News

    Weidman on Friday, at a UFC Fight Club Q&A session prior to the UFC 159 weigh-ins at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., revealed that he might have been fighting someone else this summer and not going after Silva's belt.

    That's because Silva's next challenger was between Evans and Weidman, and all it would have taken for Evans to get the shot – which would have required a drop to middleweight from light heavyweight, which he had been teasing as possible for weeks prior – was a win over "Little Nog." Instead, Nogueira pulled the upset, and the stars aligned for Weidman.

    "It's crazy how this fight ended up," Weidman said. "I had shoulder surgery, and there were a couple of other contenders that were going to (possibly) have the shot – Michael Bisping, if he won (against Vitor Belfort in January), would've had the shot instead of me. ... There were a couple guys like Bisping and maybe (Alan) Belcher that were ahead of me. And then it got actually down to me and Rashad. I was with Dana White and Lorenzo (Fertitta) and they said, 'Listen, it's going to be between you and Rashad.' And Rashad ended up losing."

    Weidman still remembers how he officially found out he was getting the next shot – because it certainly wasn't as simple as Evans being upset, and Weidman knowing for sure he'd be training for a title fight.

    The Silva camp didn't just immediately sign on the dotted line. There was a little back and forth that took place first, which White said at the time he's come to expect from the pound-for-pound king.

    But then Weidman got the call he'd been dreaming about his entire career.

    "I was doing an appearance in New Jersey and was like, 'It's me. I got it,' (when Evans lost)," Weidman said. "But they still weren't saying they were going to fight me, so I just relaxed. And all of a sudden I was in New York and Lorenzo said, 'By the way, I spoke to Anderson. You're going to fight him July 6.'"

    Weidman initially had hoped that a win over Tim Boetsch at UFC 155 would get him a crack at Silva. But he was taken out of that fight with an injury. Instead, he didn't have to go through anymore battles and still gets the title shot he had been hoping for.

    "It really is crazy how it ended up working out," he said. "Obviously, I'm very grateful for the opportunity. When I got injured I felt like something good was going to come from this."
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    Man, I'm excited for this fight but I still wish he had to fight one first coming off an injury. Silva is clearly the favorite but my biggest question is what Weidman even looks like in this fight.


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    The year long layoff does make me a bit nervous for him. I think he has a chance to pull it off but I'm not counting on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lwbrewer View Post
    Me to as it's going to take Weidmans A game to win and will he have a A game first fight back from injury?
    We also have to consider the fact that Weidman gets huge in between fights and isn't used to five-rounders like Anderson is. He's going to have the odds stacked against him, but is stylistically difficult for Silva. Having said that... so were Sonnen, Okami, Henderson, etc.


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    I thought it was because he cried about it. That's how the world works now. All you have to do is whine, bitch and complain and the world will give you what you want to shut you up because murder is still illegal for some reason.
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    I'm not nervous for Weidman I am nervous for Silva because if he loses then there goes any super fights. The same applies for Jones/GSP.
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    I am glad that he realizes that the UFC was completely prepared to screw him over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Donosaur View Post
    I am glad that he realizes that the UFC was completely prepared to screw him over.

    I dont think it is a surprise to anyone the UFC is all about money fights.
    And if you want beef, then bring the ruckus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat--Smasher View Post
    I dont think it is a surprise to anyone the UFC is all about money fights.
    It's still real to me, damn it!
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