Just a few months away from the biggest fight of his MMA career, Chris Weidman doesn’t believe now is the time to talk contract with the UFC.
“The All-American” will look to end the lengthy run of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in July when they meet at UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman in Las Vegas. With nine total fights on his resume, including five inside the Octagon, Weidman thinks after he defeats “The Spider” is when it will be best to cash in.
“I think we’re just going to keep the contract,” said Weidman, while appearing on MMAjunkie.com Radio. “I’m definitely OK with making what I was making. I want to do that because then after I beat Anderson like I plan on doing, then the contract will jump up more than if I was to rip up the contract now.”
Weidman (9-0) defeated Mark Munoz last year, but spent the remainder of 2012 on the sidelines. He pushed for a match with Silva (33-4) before settling on a bout vs. Tim Boetsch. However, along with being forced to repair his family home due to a hurricane, he was also injured.
Now, as he begins to prepare for “The Spider,” Weidman is able to focus on “a dream fight for me. Since I got into MMA, this is the guy I wanted to fight and really prove I could beat. I finally have the opportunity to do that.”