While UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and his camp remain disinterested in a fight with Chris Weidman, UFC President Dana White says it matters not, because Weidman is one of the few realistic options to be named as the next challenger to "The Spider."
Weidman has been campaigning for a fight with "The Spider" for months now; however, Silva's camp has stated an explicit disinterest in the match up, citing Weidman's lack of name recognition and the fact he would have "nothing to gain" from the bout.
White appeared on Tuesday's (Jan. 29, 2013) edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV, sharing on update on the possibility of middleweight champion Anderson Silva facing Weidman is his next fight.
"I actually thought that Weidman was going to be out a lot longer than he was because of his injury, but he's claiming he'll be ready to start training again in a couple of months. We're looking at a couple of different options right now, some options that we like, and Weidman is one of them."
"All-American" has not fought since a second-round technical knockout of Mark Munoz at UFC on FUEL TV 4, and is still in the midst of recovering from a shoulder surgery last November. Even though he is currently on the mend, Weidman claims he will be ready to fight in July, and hopes to be matched up against the longtime 185-pound king.
Weidman, who also spoke on Tuesday's edition of "UFC Tonight," says he wants to fight Silva for the belt on a unannounced UFC show on July 4th weekend. And once he wins, the 29-year-old would be more than willing to give the Brazilian a rematch if the UFC travels to New York in November.
That is, if Silva ever stops "running" from him.
"Perfect world, [I will be ready to fight] July 4th weekend ... against Anderson Silva. I'll grant him an immediate rematch at Madison Square Garden in New York City. [My name] is one that they don't mention ever. They're running."
Despite Silva being more appealed by the like of Cung Le (read more on that here) and Luke Rockhold, White believes Weidman is on the short list of names to be named as Silva's next opponent, who he hopes to officially announce in the coming weeks.