We know two things about the main event of UFC 162. First, the headlining bout will see middleweight champion Anderson Silva put his title on the line against undefeated challenger Chris Weidman. Second, Silva has put himself $50,000 in the red months ahead of the fight taking place.
Outside of those two certainties, pretty much everything else is an unknown.
Weidman (9-0) has been calling for a fight with Silva for some time, but his requests fell on deaf ears until two other potential Silva opponents lost. Once Alan Belcher tasted defeat at the hands of Yushin Okami in December 2013 and Michael Bisping lost to Vitor Belfort in January of this year, the UFC was left no choice but to book the Silva versus Weidman bout for the July 6 fight card.
Weidman will enter the fight after a prolonged layoff. His last fight was a second-round TKO victory over Mark Munoz on July 11, 2012. Following that fight, Weidman had been booked to face Tim Boetsch, but he was forced off that card and underwent shoulder surgery.
Silva (33-4) last fought in October 2012, earning a first-round TKO win over Stephan Bonnar in a light heavyweight contest. Silva’s last title defense took place on July 7, 2012, when he earned a second-round TKO win over Chael Sonnen.
UFC 162 may still be a little while away, but that doesn’t mean fans and fighters aren’t looking forward to seeing Silva and Weidman scrap. One of the fighters that is interested in the upcoming title scrap is UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. Cruz recently offered his opinion of Silva versus Weidman.