Suffering a shoulder injury in November may have been a blessing in disguise for UFC middleweight contender Chris Weidman.
Since then, fellow top 10 middleweights Tim Boetsch, Alan Belcher and now Michael Bisping have all lost, preventing a true No. 1 contender from emerging at 185 pounds.
The Serra-Longo Fight Team member feels that it is no coincidence that both he and middleweight champion Anderson Silva are looking to return to the Octagon this summer.
Ill be back in summer and that's when Anderson wanted to fight..coincidence? I think not : )
— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) January 20, 2013
"The All-American" is a perfect 9-0 inside the cage, most recently scoring a vicious knockout over Mark Munoz at UFC on FUEL TV 4 this past July.
UFC president Dana White said Bisping would get a title shot with a win over Vitor Belfort at UFC on FX 7 last night, but "The Phenom" clearly had other plans, scoring a vintage TKO finish in the second round.
Silva has been the most unstoppable champion in UFC history, successfully defending his belt 10 times while also boasting a perfect 16-0 record inside the UFC banner.
However, Weidman's strong wrestling and submission game makes him an interesting matchup for "The Spider."
Weidman has claimed before that Silva is ducking him. Is now the time to book this matchup given the recent developments in the middleweight division?