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Chris Weidman turned down Vitor Belfort bout for a fight with Anderson Silva

July 11, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Chris Weidman reacts during his fight against Mark Munoz (not pictured) during the middleweight bout of the UFC on Fuel TV at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
July 11, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Chris Weidman reacts during his fight against Mark Munoz (not pictured) during the middleweight bout of the UFC on Fuel TV at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

File this one under, Coulda,' Woulda,' Shoulda.'

The last few months have been a roller coaster of emotional twists and turns for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight contender Chris Weidman. It all started when the undefeated (9-0) Weidman pummeled Mark Munoz to a bloody pulp when the two squared off at UFC on FUEL TV 4 in San Jose, Calif., on July 11, 2012.

That "high" wasn't frustrating whatsoever. In fact, it was quite odd because of the incredible ease it seemed to take for Weidman to accomplish such a feat. The "low" part was what happened next for Weidman, who many assumed had punched his ticket for a title shot, and that he would be next in line to fight current champion Anderson Silva.

Not so fast, fella.

"The Spider" and his management weighed in on the matter, stating that they didn't feel "The All American" was deserving of a title shot (a song and dance we've heard too many times now from Silva and his camp). But, did Silva's hesitation to accept the fight cost Weidman in the short term?

You bet your bippy.

Weidman recently was interviewed by Ariel Helwani of "UFC Tonight," during which the Long Islander discussed the current state of limbo he and his career seem to be in.

As far as he is concerned, everyone wants to make the fight between he and Silva. Everyone, that is, except Silva:

"From what I am being told, it is a fight that the UFC would want to make happen. Now, it is just confusing. I don't know what is going on. I am waiting to find out from Dana White. I didn't take a couple of fights from people challenging me, like (Vitor) Belfort, so I could take the Silva fight. But, now it is all up in the air. I don't know what is going on."

So, in the meantime, Weidman is left somewhat flapping in the wind until either Silva or the UFC makes a decision regarding who is next.

For now, he's not putting a timetable on things, but he's really hoping that Silva will come around and give him the opportunity he's trained his whole life for:

"I don't have any deadlines, but I am young and I want to make the most of my career. I have a lot of respect for the guy, I think he is the greatest of all time and I look up to him. I think I am the biggest challenge to him and I think his camp knows that and I think he should challenge me."

Weidman had one last message for Silva, making his case for why he thinks the man considered to be the greatest of all time (G.O.A.T.) by most fans should relent on sign on the dotted line:

"Hey man, just give me a chance. Obviously I think I am going to beat you and it is a tough one for me to tell you to do. You had one fight when you got the chance, so just give me my opportunity, just give me the fight."

It makes sense to me, as well as most in the mixed martial arts (MMA), but until it makes sense to Silva himself, we appear to be at an impasse, Maniacs.

Unless, of course, Weidman can somehow switch up his ho-hum trash talk, take a page out of the Chael Sonnen playbook and penetrate the Brazilian's emotional armor, which has proven to be quite thin.

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