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UFC 149 Fight Card: Dana White Still Unsure of Who Gets Next Title Shot at 185

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 16: UFC President Dana White speaks with the media after a press conference promoting UFC 145: Jones v Evans at Philips Arena on February 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Matt SaccaroContributor IIIJuly 12, 2012

UFC President Dana White still doesn't have any definite plans concerning middleweight champion Anderson Silva's next challenger.

"I don't know. We gotta see," White said regarding the middleweight title picture while on the UFC 149 media conference call, at which Bleacher Report was present.

Middleweight, which was once considered a weak division and one that was to be dominated by Anderson Silva for as long as the Brazilian chose to keep fighting, now has a complicated upper echelon with many viable contenders for the title.

Chris Weidman's stunning victory over Mark Munoz has seemingly thrown wrench into the middleweight gears, as Dana White himself noted.

"The 185 pound division is getting very interesting. [Weidman's] fight changed a lot of things. We'll have to see, we'll have to see how this whole thing shakes out," White said.

However, just because Weidman turned in an impressive performance that has fans clamoring for a Weidman-Silva fight doesn't mean White is ready to cave in to their demands.

After all, there's still the matter of highly touted middleweight Hector Lombard, who is fighting Tim Boetsch at UFC 149 next Saturday.

"Hector Lombard is definitely one of the top guys—I mean the guy is 31-2," said White.

Ultimately, the matter lies in the logistics of the fight business—when guys are ready and when they aren't.

"We'll see what happens," White said. "I gotta see when Anderson [Silva] can fight again. Weidman and Lombard are fighting relatively right around the same time. [Weidman] fought yesterday, Lombard is fighting next week. So we'll see what happens."

Indeed we will have to see what happens, and the wait is already killing us.


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