Reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight kingpin, Anderson Silva, will defend his title against division number one contender Chris Weidman at the upcoming UFC 162: "Silva vs. Weidman" pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for July 6, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
But you knew that (I hope).
What you may not have known, is that UFC President Dana White has already booked another "Spider" fight for later this year, assuming the consensus number one pound-for-pound fighter in all of mixed martial arts (MMA) can avoid being upset by the "All American."
From "Gametime" at CBS Atlanta:
"Silva has a fight coming up on July 6, he's fighting Chris Weidman. Many people think this is a very serious threat to his record and his title and everything else. But if he gets past this test with Weidman, we could see this [Jones] super fight this year."
Stop me if you've heard this one before.
If Silva prevails, the onus will be on UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones to make good on his promise to compete at least two more times in 2013. Assuming he can finish his recovery on this injury and break this record in late summer or early fall (see potential candidates here), then "Bones" would be free as a bird by New Year's Eve.
None of this really means anything if Weidman "exposes" his opponent over the Fourth of July Weekend. Likewise, there are a couple of 205-pounders who would love nothing more than to play spoiler. Not that anyone has been able to do it yet in either division, but hey, this is MMA and anything can happen.
It still hasn't stopped this person from mapping out a retirement plan.