Chris Weidman believes he is the No. 1 contender to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Jorge Guimaraes recently put down Weidman, Alan Belcher and Tim Boetsch, calling them amateurs and saying they are not deserving of being inside the Octagon with Silva.
Well, as you might expect, that didn’t go over too well with Weidman. In a recent interview, the undefeated wrestler out of Hofstra University took it to Guimaraes.
“This is what we do for a living, and then you have some manager in Brazil who’s calling us amateur fighters and calls me a joke; it’s definitely a little crazy and I know I wouldn’t want my manager speaking about other fighters like that,” said Weidman, in a recent interview with MMAWeekly.com. “The managers, they have no right to start putting down professional athletes.”
Currently, it is unknown who will be the next fighter to face Silva. So far, “The Spider” and his camp have given no indication of when he will return to action.
Weidman remains one of just a handful of 185-pound fighters in the UFC not inked to a future fight. He believes his standing is firm in the division.
“I feel like I’ve made it blatantly obvious with this last fight (stoppage victory over Mark Munoz), that I’m ahead of the pack,” Weidman said. “The champ should want to fight that guy.”
On Sunday, Weidman and Ed Soares, another manager for Silva, had a bit of a discussion via Twitter. Soares posted, “Not taking anything away from (Weidman) but (Silva) has more title defenses in the UFC than he has fights in his career.”
Weidman responded back with, “(Soares) true statement. What’s your point?” It didn’t take Soares long to answer back, saying, “(Weidman) no point, just stating some facts. Trust me Chris this is nothing personal towards you.”