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Anderson Silva Fight Announcement Surprised Chris Weidman

Middleweight No. 1 contender Chris Weidman feels everything in life has a purpose and his recent string of events proved that.

“When I got injured, I was down, but I did feel like something better was going to happen out of this,” said Weidman on MMA Fighting. “I didn’t have my hopes up too much that it would be Anderson, but I knew there was a chance it could be.”

After Weidman earned his ninth career win over Mark Munoz, he started asking for a title shot. An injury struck Weidman in October and he had to pull out of December’s meeting with Tim Boetsch.

The shoulder injury is now healed as Weidman looks to defeat the untouched champion Anderson Silva.

They will meet on July 6 at UFC 162 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. It will be part of the UFC’s Fourth of July weekend bash.

“Things went my way,” said Weidman. “I’m grateful and humble for the opportunity.”