Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE
UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva may have recently been talking about fighting Cung Le but according to promotion President Dana White, it looks far more likely Chris Weidman will be next, especially after Rashad Evans' loss at UFC 156 last night (Feb. 2, 2013) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Last night's (Sat., Feb. 2, 2013) UFC 156: "Aldo vs. Edgar" event from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, featured a light heavyweight co-main event with serious title implications at middleweight. Ass backwards, yes, but if Rashad Evans was able to slip by Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, UFC President Dana White was considering booking him in a 185-pound title fight against pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva.
It didn't happen.
"Suga" turned in one of the worst performances of his career, dropping a unanimous decision after three rounds of poking and pawing. In his post-event interview with FUEL TV, White's comments made clear where Evans now stands:
"Rashad didn't do anything tonight. He looked terrible. I've never seen Rashad look as bad."
That leaves "The Spider" once again in search of a suitable opponent. It was just over a week ago that Ed Soares, Silva's manager, bandied about the idea of the Brazilian fighting Cung Le, a challenge the former Strikeforce champion quickly accepted.
Just one problem with that: White thinks it's a "crazy" idea and from the sounds of it, it's not a bout the powers that be at the world's largest fight promotion would even begin to consider.
Couple all this with Georges St. Pierre being busy with Nick Diaz, Jon Jones having his hands full with Chael Sonnen, and Michael Bisping's recent loss to Vitor Belfort, and you're left with only one name.
Just days ago, White revealed Weidman is, in fact, an option and the injury that has kept him out of action for a while is healing nicely and he should be ready to go sooner rather than later. For his part, Weidman has been doing whatever he can to get the fight booked, even offering Silva an immediate rematch at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The good news for the top middleweight contender is after UFC 156, it seems White is finally realizing that's the fight that needs to be made.
"I'd say Weidman is next. It's a process dealing with Anderson. I know how this works. It's probably Weidman."
And there you have it. Finally, one of the most talented 185-pound fighters on Earth will get his shot at the best, assuming Silva finally agrees to it.
You on board with that, Maniacs?