Anderson Silva's next fight planned for spring but 'Spider' has yet to sign 10-fight UFC contract

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

UFC President Dana White gives an update on the current contract negotiations with his middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, and says "The Spider" wants to fight this spring as ZUFFA matchmakers are currently on the hunt for a viable challenger.

With top Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contenders Michael Bisping, Tim Boetsch and Alan Belcher dropping like flies and out of title contention due to their recent losses, Anderson Silva finds himself with fewer threats to his 185-pound throne.

Chris Weidman now has an even stronger case to receive his long-desired title shot, but he won't be ready to get back inside the Octagon until this summer due to a recent shoulder surgery. While "The Spider" is currently unsure of "what's next" for him, UFC President Dana White is currently hard at work trying to find the Brazilian's next opponent.

"Spring, he wants to fight in the spring," said White during a recent media scrum. "That's what we're doing right now, we're figuring out his next fight."

While the recent losses from Belcher, Boetsch and Bisping have dwindled Dana's options, the brash president is confident he'll come up with someone worthy enough to challenge Silva.

"You know, a couple of months ago there was a bunch of (contenders), Weidman gets hurt, he's out for a year. But, we'll figure it out."

When asked if Dan Henderson, who has competed at both light heavyweight and middleweight, would be given a rematch again Anderson should he defeat Lyoto Machida at UFC 157, White said that option was out of the question.

"No, I don't think so. I think Dan Henderson wants the Jon Jones fight."

As far as the recent 10-fight deal that was offered up to the long-time middleweight champion, White said it's not quite signed, sealed and delivered yet and he never claimed it was.

"We brought him in to sign an eight fight deal, and he said, "Let's do a 10-fight deal." That's what I said. He said, "Let's do a 10-fight deal. I didn't say the deal was done."

After a much-talked about ‘super fight' against welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre went up in smoke when "Rush" was penciled in to face Nick Diaz at UFC 158 in March, Silva now patiently awaits to see just who ZUFFA officials can offer up as a viable challenger.

How about it Maniacs, now that four challengers are off the table, who's left for "The Spider" to fight? Is the Weidman fight the only logical choice remaining?

Or will Hector Lombard get his shot, sooner rather than later, if he defeats Yushin Okami at UFC on FUEL TV 8 in Japan?

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