UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman are getting closer and closer to working out a deal to square off with one another at UFC 162 in July. Newsday reported on Wednesday that Weidman was informed by UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta that Silva has agreed to the fight.
“Dream come true,” Weidman said. “Ever since I’ve been fighting, Anderson Silva has been the champion and I’ve been visualizing beating him. Now I have the opportunity. I have to make the most of it.”
Silva (33-4) has stated several times that he views Weidman as a no-win situation for him, but it appears the UFC wants the bout to happen. “The Spider” has only verbally agreed to the fight, and not signed on the dotted line yet.
Weidman (9-0) earned his fifth UFC victory last year, stopping Mark Munoz. He spent the remainder of 2012 on the sidelines after undergoing surgery.