Sorry fight fans, this weekend will be another weekend without any UFC action. But don’t fret, the promotion will be back in the mix on July 6 when it presents UFC 162 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Headlining the event will be a middleweight title fight between longtime champion Anderson Silva and the unbeaten top contender, Chris Weidman. Silva has never lost in the UFC, running up a record 16-fight unbeaten streak. Ten of those victories have been in defense of his title, another UFC record. Those facts mean little to the 9-0 Weidman, whose wrestling and jiu-jitsu background make him believe that he will be the fighter to wrest the title away from Silva.
The co-main event of the evening will see former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar looking to get back in the win column. Looking to keep Edgar’s record in the loss column will be Charles Oliveira.
What’s interesting about this fight is that it is the first time since April 2010 that Edgar will not be involved in a title fight. The last seven fights of Edgar’s UFC career have all been for UFC gold. In those fights Edgar went 3-3-1. His last three fights have been losses. Despite those defeats, Edgar remains the third-ranked fighter in the featherweight division.
Oliveira is not ranked in the top 10 and is coming off a loss to Cub Swanson heading into this contest.
In addition to the main event and co-main event, UFC 162 will feature nine additional fights:
Roger Gracie vs. Tim Kennedy
Dennis Siver vs. Cub Swanson
Tim Boetsch vs. Mark Munoz
Andrew Craig vs. Chris Leben
Norman Parke vs. Kazuki Tokudome
Edson Barboza vs. Rafaello Oliveira
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Dave Herman
Seth Baczynski vs. Brian Melancon
David Mitchell vs. Mike Pierce