UFC middleweight contender Chris Weidman wants Anderson Silva. Weidman, who is currently recovering from elbow surgery, was a guest on UFC Tonight Tuesday evening and discussed facing “The Spider.”
Weidman is on schedule to face Tim Boetsch later this year, but said he would have taken a fight with Silva at light heavyweight if the UFC offered it to him instead of Stephan Bonnar. Silva will face Bonnar at UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar in October.
“I was a little shocked, confused, disappointed,” Weidman said. “I had actually just ended up getting elbow surgery about a week ago and the same week I find out Anderson Silva is now fighting Stephan Bonnar. It’s tough.”
Weidman was informed, as were several others, that Silva wanted to remain inactive for the remainder of 2012. Instead, he offered to step in on short notice and fight at UFC 151, and did the same for the UFC after an injury took Jose Aldo out of the original UFC 153 main event.
“I just think I’m a big risk for him on paper,” said Weidman, on why Silva doesn’t want to fight him. “I’m a good wrestler with good jiu-jitsu, which I don’t think he’s really seen. I have a lot of tools. On paper, I’m a bad match up for him, but I think Anderson would like a challenge. I think his managers more than him are trying to keep him away.”