CHICAGO—A little more than a week ago, it looked like the UFC had every one of its champions either officially or unofficially booked for his next title defense. That plan collapsed for the middleweight division when Vitor Belfort went out and earned a TKO victory over Michael Bisping on January 19.
With Bisping out of the mix, the middleweight division is once again a huge question mark.
UFC president Dana White revealed that he had a sitdown with Weidman and his manager and that Weidman told White, “I want to fight Anderson Silva. I’m going to beat him. I’m going to be the next world champion.”
The problem with that is that Silva and his manager Ed Soares don’t seem to think that Weidman is a big enough name for Silva. Instead, they think a fight with someone like Luke Rockhold or Cung Le makes more sense for Silva.
When asked about the comments of Soares, UFC president Dana White didn’t hesitate to say that it’s par for the course when it comes to Team Silva’s negotiating tactics.
“This is typical Anderson Silva, Ed Soares craziness. Every f**king time there’s a fight. He wants to fight (Demetrious) ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson, then he wants to fight this guy and that guy. This is always the same deal.”
As an example of the “craziness,” White brought up the fact that Silva and Soares once claimed Silva would never fight the “undeserving” Chael Sonnen a second time, a fight that ultimately occurred at UFC 148.
White said that the UFC had something in the works for Silva, but he wouldn’t expand on that comment. He would only say that it was not a superfight and that it would be a title defense for Silva.
**All quotes obtained firsthand by Bleacher Report MMA.