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Anderson Silva-Chris Weidman Likely To Take Place In 2013

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva appeared set for a title defense with Michael Bisping. That match was scratched, though, when Bisping was defeated by Vitor Belfort.

Then, rumors that Rashad Evans might move down to 185 pounds started to heat up, but Evans was topped Saturday night at UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar by Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

All the while, unbeaten Chris Weidman has sat on the sidelines, recovering from surgery and pushing for his chance at “The Spider.” Now, that match appears to be on the horizon, according to UFC president Dana White.

“I’d have to say yes,” White said. “Going into this (Evans-Nogueira fight), we wanted to wait. We wanted to see what happened. I liked Weidman for this fight, anyway.”

Weidman (9-0) has won all five of his UFC bouts, including a stoppage victory over Mark Munoz last year. He suffered a training injury late in 2012 and was forced out of a planned bout with Tim Boetsch.

White hinted at summer for the Silva-Weidman contest, but said the fight is not likely to go down in Brazil as Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, had mentioned.