Chris Weidman Says He's Ready and Wants to Fight Anderson Silva Now

Nedu ObiAnalyst IIJuly 20, 2012

July 11, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Chris Weidman (right) defeats Mark Munoz (left) in the middleweight bout of the UFC on Fuel TV at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

When it comes to Anderson "The Spider" Silva and his coveted middleweight crown, the young gun that is Chris Weidman just won’t let it sleeping dogs lie. “The All-American” says he’s never been more ready in his entire life, and he wants to fight him now.

When's Percy Crawford asked The All-American if, given the option of gleaning a few more fights under his belt or an immediate tilt at Silva’s title, he chose the latter:

Nah, I want that fight with Anderson now, man. I took all the risk in the world to get where I'm at to fight Mark Munoz. I really feel like I'm ready now. I don't want to wait any longer. I want to win now and get that belt early in my career and hold it for as long as I can. I don't want to be waiting it out and then fighting another guy when I feel like I'm ready. I would love to fight Anderson Silva, man. I called him out on Twitter too; politely though. I just said, you are a good dude, I got nothing but respect, and you are the best of all time, but let's do this! But he hasn't responded yet (laughing). I hope he does and it happens though.

The Baldwin, New Yorker has been calling for The Spider's head ever since he dispatched BJJ wizard Damien Maia via unanimous decision. The former two-time All-American went so far to as say that he’d finish Silva with a full camp behind him.

Following the 28-year-old’s second-round trouncing of Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz at UFC on FUEL TV 4, he again upped the ante, reiterating the aforementioned swank.

Since his tenure in the UFC, Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) has finished three of his five opponents—two via submission and Munoz by way of KO.

As things stand, one of the overriding factors as to whether or not he gets a tilt at the Holy Grail depends on the business side of things. Is Weidman a name fighter, and can he generate enough public interest to garner pay-per-view buys for the Zuffa-based promotion?

Another deciding factor rests on the outcome of the Hector Lombard versus Tim Boetsch fight. If Lombard impresses on his debut, he might be given the shot ahead of Weidman.

However, per Matt Erickson and John Morgan of, Lombard recently intimated that he’d rather face off against Munoz than vie for an immediate championship fight against Silva.

That said, there’s always Michael Bisping lurking in the background.

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