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Chris Weidman Asks Anderson Silva’s Camp Why Don’t They Want the No. 1 Contender?

Posted on by Damon Martin


There’s probably no quicker way to illicit a response from a fighter than to call them ‘amateur’ or ‘a joke’, especially when those words are coming from a manager and not another competitor.

The strong statement came from Jorge Guimaraes, who is a co-manager of UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva, when speaking to Tatame.com about the prospects hoping to next face his fighter in the Octagon.

“That’s a big joke,” Guimaraes said about Chris Weidman and his fellow middleweight contenders. “Anderson has the biggest paycheck in the UFC and you can’t promote and event with these amateur kids that are coming up now.”

Needless to say Weidman didn’t take too kindly to Guimaraes’ words about him or the other top ten middleweights vying to face Silva in the cage.

“I read them and it’s kind of crazy. The managers they have no right to start putting down professional athletes. He put me, and (Alan) Belcher, and (Tim) Boetsch down and he’s trying to draw attention away from the fact that I’m the No. 1 contender, and then called us amateurs, and we’re all top ten fighters,” Weidman told MMAWeekly.com when reached for comment.

“This is what we do for a living and then you have some manager in Brazil who’s calling us amateur fighters and calls me a joke, it’s definitely a little crazy and I know I wouldn’t want my manager speaking about other fighters like that.”

As a matter of fact, Weidman’s manager David Martin declined to comment on the story all together and simply left the talking up to his fighter who is the one competing in the Octagon.

Weidman believes there is a bigger conspiracy going on because the names that Silva’s managers continue to mention include UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold, and after Friday night they even found interest in a potential bout against UFC bad boy Nick Diaz.

“It’s like they’re trying to avoid my name being mentioned at all for the title shot. They’re trying to deflect with other guy’s names so people can start thinking about them as possibilities, but even guys they’re choosing to call out like GSP or (Nick) Diaz, they’re both welterweights,” Weidman stated.

The fact is right now St-Pierre, Diaz and Rockhold are unrealistic in terms of fights for Silva to take at least in the next 8 to 10 months. Weidman is quick to point out he has nothing but the utmost respect for all three fighters, but right now none of them fit into the immediate picture for a bout with Anderson Silva.

“I mean GSP, let’s start with him. The guy is coming off ACL surgery, we don’t even know for sure when he’s fighting, and when he does fight he’s fighting Carlos Condit for the welterweight title. You never know what’s going to happen and best-case scenario he could fight again around May. So if anything, fight me next, if you beat me then you get your shot with GSP. You’re just calling out a 170lber coming off ACL surgery,” Weidman fired back.

“Then Nick Diaz, he’s another guy he’d have a size advantage over, he’s another good name but the guy’s not going to be cleared till February. That’s just crazy. Nothing to say about me, who has proven to be the No. 1 contender. I beat two top five guys in the division in a row, and no one’s come close to doing that, especially in the fashion I did in my last fight against Mark Munoz.”

The third name mentioned by Silva’s camp, Luke Rockhold, is a legitimate middleweight and currently the Strikeforce champion at 185lbs, but he cannot move to the UFC for at least the next 18 months while the company is under contract with Showtime.

Silva’s representatives have also stated that he’s not looking to fight at a higher weight class than 185lbs again, so it’s either middleweight or bust for the longest reigning champion in UFC history.

“The guy’s a champion of 185, he should be fighting the contenders. You don’t call out guys that aren’t going to be able to fight forever and guys that are lighter than you. Why don’t you call out Jon Jones? That makes sense, I’m sure a lot of people would watch, I’d love to watch too. If you’re not going to fight him, fight me, I’m ready to go,” Weidman stated.

The other concern raised by Silva’s camp was the ability to promote a fight between their client and a fighter like Weidman, who isn’t as widely known or outspoken as say his last opponent Chael Sonnen.

Weidman puts his faith in UFC President Dana White and knows that the UFC can promote a fight with him and Silva just fine, and he’s ready to step up to the challenge.

“Dana White’s the best promoter in the world and I have full confidence that he’d be able to promote the fight just fine,” said Weidman. “I’m undefeated, every time I’ve had a full camp I’ve finished my opponent. You’ve got Anderson Silva, the No. 1 guy in the UFC right now, and just him alone is fine, and it just makes no sense what he’s saying. The manager’s not showing enough faith in the UFC and Dana White in the way they can promote the fight.”

The one person who has yet to make a statement about this entire situation is the UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. While his managers have talked about what fights make the most sense, the reigning and defending king of the 185lb division hasn’t said much in terms of what interests him or if he’s opposed to facing Weidman in the Octagon.

“I have nothing but respect for Anderson Silva, and I would expect him to want to fight the best guy and the guy who’s going to give him the toughest challenge. If it was up to him, I think he would want to fight me because I am the toughest challenge. But his managers I feel like they are trying to keep me away from it and try to make me irrelevant enough in the title picture with Anderson Silva,” Weidman said.

“When you talk to Ed Soares and the other guy, it’s as though I’m not in the picture at all.”

There’s no doubt that Weidman is fired up about the entire situation, but he makes one thing very clear when discussing anything to do with the UFC middleweight title picture. While his dream is to fight for the title, Weidman is a company man and will do whatever the UFC asks him to do.

If that’s face Anderson Silva later this year, Weidman will gladly sign the dotted line. If it’s another fight, Weidman will gladly participate in that endeavor as well.

“If the UFC tells me tomorrow that I’m fighting someone else, I have no problem. I fight for the UFC, whatever they tell me to do, I’m going to do. My goal is to be the champion and I feel like I’m in a position where I have the chance to become the champion, it’s me trying to chase my goal,” said Weidman.

“If the UFC tells me 20 minutes from now that the Anderson Silva fight isn’t going to happen, and I need to fight someone else, I might be upset for a couple of minutes, but I’ll move on. I just feel like I’m the No. 1 contender right now and I feel like the champion should fight the No. 1 contender.”

And that’s the bottom line that Weidman wants everyone from Anderson Silva to his managers to the fans to the UFC executives to understand. He has proven in the cage that he’s the toughest challenge still standing in the UFC middleweight division, and Weidman is ready to show Anderson Silva as well.

“I feel like I’ve made it blatantly obvious with this last fight that I’m ahead of the pack,” said Weidman. “The champ should want to fight that guy.”


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  • pooby

    Jorge needs to STFU. If Anderson is too good for Weidman, why would he call out smaller guys like GSP and Diaz?

    ….I noticed Jon Jones wasn’t on Silva’s list…hmmmmmmm.

    If Silva is the best and the middleweight contenders just aren’t good enough, he needs to fight the winner of Jones/Henderson.

    • Brian

      First Diaz called him out not Anderson. Second the whole GSP thing has been talked about forever, and it wasn’t Anderson’s camp to be the first to bring it up. Why isn’t Jones on Anderson’s list? Simple money money money. UFC talks money and both Jones and Anderson would sign on the dotted line. Anderson just defended the title and now all the Sonnen nuthuggers are jumping over to the Weidman bandwagon when he is not the #1 contender.

    • MrAdidas

      Yes & No … No guaranteed title shot for Silva if he moves up to LHW, but if he can beat a top 3 guy or two top 5 guys then absolutely. Like you said & I’ve been saying this for yrs now, if Silva doesnt like the weak competition in the weakest division in all of MMA/UFC, then STFU & move up to LHW. If he doesnt want to fight @ LHW, then he fights the #1 contender at MW, no questions asked. I also believe Silva only wants to fight smaller guys, like he has his entire career. (except the 2 LHW’s but they were two big & very slow LHW’s with NO wrestling & one dimensional). Weidman is a jsut as good as Sonnen at wrestling (maybe a step below, but definately good enough to take Silva down & keep him there) & he has way better stand up & much more POWER! I think Silva’s camp realise that Weidman is a “no name” that can give Silva alot more trouble than Sonnen did, and possibly even beat him. POSSIBLY!

      If Silva’s the best, then who cares who they pick to fight, he should be able to beat them no problem right?!? I mean he fought Cote, Leites, Maia & Luter, all four of them are not on the same level as Weidman, not even close (especially at the time they fought Silva, yrs ago).
      I believe GSP fought Hardy & never cried about his no name, the same went when he had to fight Serra. Serra was not a big name, which is why I think Silva’s camp knows that Weidman could pull off a Serra, though Weidman is a much better fighter than Serra was when he beat GSP.

    • http://www.combatsciencemma.com CombatScienceMMA

      Anderson already beat Henderson became 1 of only 3 men to ever submit him, I know he’s not intrigued with that rematch. GSP and Diaz are both willing to go up to 185 to face Silva though. GSP is the WW kingpin, that match makes sense for him and is resume. Diaz is just straight up tough but who knows if he wants that fight. I think any fight at LHW for Silva is interesting. Are there any other guys you would like to see him face? Other then Jones like you said, I can’t think of anyone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002574847122 davidcharette

      i remember anderson after the second sonnen fight sayin that he would fight anyone the ufc wanted him to so why say **** if your not gonna do it if weidmans irrelavant then fight him take em out and furthur your legacy this all picking who you want to fight and interim champs waitin on sidelines is crap and thats not a heart of a true champ.

    • daveciangiulli

      Everyone In here doesn’t realize what kind of fighter Weidman really is. Weidman is simply a BEAST and without a doubt he will defeat Anderson Silva. Weidman has been competing his entire life as far as TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN WRESTLING is concerned. Weidman is a relentless attacker and will not stop till he gets you to the ground, and when Weidman gets you there say GOODNIGHT. He is THAT GOOD …. And another thing people can’t even bring up the Damien Mai fight, Weidman cut 32 pounds in 11 days. That’s RIDICULOUSLY UNHEALTHY and still got the decision. If Weidman gets the silva fight he will dethrone him. Mark my words Chris Weidman will be the next middleweight champ ONLY if Silva’s camp grows some balls and takes the fight.

  • gnodeb

    I like how they think they deserve title shot just because there is nobody else… If you are so sure you are the best, then just finish few more fights (it should be easy) and title shot will came to you.
    But no, nobody is that confident, so they all will tray to pull Sonnen and talk themselves to big paycheck.

    • MaritalArtist

      While Weidman did call out the champ, he didn’t pull a Sonnen. I don’t even think Sonnen himself could pull another Sonnen!!

    • johnnybooker

      Anderson Silva fought for the UFC title in his SECOND UFC fight…he had only beaten Chris Leben in the cage, who at the time seemed like a contender. Yes, AS was 17-4 by the time he got to the UFC, and anyone that points this out better have been calling for Lombard to get an immediate title shot if he won his debut. I understand if this is being reduced to wanting to make the most money instead of fighting the most dangerous opponent, which is pretty much what the manager said, in a round about way. But let’s be real…people watch fighters they like. I haven’t bought a ppv in a while…but I would find the money to watch Silva v Weidman, b/c Weidman APPEARS to have the skill set that will give Silva fits…and lead to his first loss in the UFC.

  • b-soc

    I love Weidman, he’s a fu&%ing warrior, and people are going to argue this, but I think at this point, Anderson Silva has beaten the best of the best, and even though contenders will rise up, he has earned the right to fight whoever he wants – especially after the Chael Sonnen win.

    • ThePilot

      Earned the right to fight whoever he wants?! What a load of bullsh*t! The UFC decides who he fights , I’m sick of Silva trying to hand pick opponents he believes he can beat (and does). I would love to see him fight Jones but unfortunately he would never do that as he knows he would get smashed to pieces.

      • xenolord

        It’s not bullsh*t at all. The fight promotion game is a two way street. The UFC and DW are nothing without the fighters and the same can be said for the fighters. AS has been a huge cog in the UFC in helping it achieve the status it has today.That alone should entitle him to some say in who he fights. He fought Maia, Leites and even the Sonnen rematch against his wishes so now he’s using his status to try and get a big payday fight. I think he’s earned it, and some.

        • johnnybooker

          Dude….you basically laid out a blueprint to follow the path of boxing. Don King is smiling right now.

          • mmapappa

            I couldn’t have said it better myself. You can’t let managers and handlers pick fights. When you allow it, then you get the debacle that is boxing. I think it says something that Sonnen had to do everything but punch Silva’s dog to get him to fight. Now, Silva’s manager is ready distancing Silva from the number one contender. Pretty pathetic. If Dana wants to preserve what has made the UFC superior to boxing, then he schedules this fight.

          • xenolord

            There are a lot of delusional people on these boards.Wow. First off, I never claimed AS should get to handpick an opponent, however, he is entitled to have a SAY in who he fights next. Virtually every fighter who has made headway in the rankings these days lobbies for the fight they want (IE Silva/Sonnen 1). Weidman is literally trying to do the same thing by asserting that he’s the #1 contender and thus force the UFC’s hand into making it happen. Tito Ortiz recently did the same thing lobbying for his trilogy fight with Griffin. IMO, Silva actually deserves to be heard compared to many others. The fact is this isn’t a new phenomenon, this has always happened in combat sports. Boxing has arrived where it is due to greedy fu*k promoters who only care about protecting their cash cow fighters rather than giving fans the fights they want to see (Pacquiao – Mayweather anyone?).
            Likening Anderson Silva lobbying to fight GSP (Or Franklin, Or Diaz), which would be a superfight, to the pitfalls of boxing is idiotic to say the least.

        • MaritalArtist

          Well, silva is making unwise selections, and it’s joe silva’s job to correct that. I can understand silva’s reasoning for a nick or GSP fight, but meanwhile he needs to fight someone else. Those two are off the shelf till at least match. And Rockhold needs to fight one top 5 UFC guy first. Look what happened to that bellator champ.

          Look, a few top guys are currenty off the shelf for various reasons. Boetsch, vitor, sonnen and belcher are among those.

          While I agree that silva has earned the right have more of an input, that input should be limited to AVAILABLE top fighters, like Evans, Weidman, and (arguably) Bisping if he wins.

          Nick Diaz and Rockhold need 1 more big UFC fight.

          If silva wants to choose among those three, he can. But he’s being difficult.

        • ThePilot

          Don’t give me that sh*t. It’s plain to see he’s trying to protect his record by hand picking opponents, can’t stand that sh*t.

          • Brian

            Your so full of it. UFC makes the match ups not the fighters. This isn’t boxing. Anderson has defended the title time and time again. I bet you were a Sonnen fan and are just pissed that your boy got beat twice by Anderson. Now your riding on Weidman’s nutsack in the hopes that he can dethrown Anderson.

        • MrAdidas

          WTF are you talking about dude?!? REAL Champs like GSP, Jones, Edgar, Aldo DO NOT hand pick who they fight, I never remember seing GSP cry that he had to fight Hardy or Serra (yeah Serra beat him, but we all know that was a fluke, the 2nd fight proved that), but I didnt hear GSP disrespect any of the #1 contenders. Silva fights in THE WORST division in all of MMA/UFC, so what does he expect? Either fight the next “#1 contender” at MW or move up, if not then STFU & retire. If Cote, Leites, Maia & Luter got their title fight, then I dont see how Weidman shouldnt, except, unless Silva is scared to fight a “better version” of Sonnen with more POWER!

          What’s funny is Silva calling out a smaller fighter @ WW (GSP – who jsut had major knee surgery & hasnt fought in over a year) & would like to fight Diaz, another small WW. But doesnt want to fight a “BIG” MW in Weidman, or even fight people his own size @ LHW. God forbid Silva fight people his own size, and fight people who he doesnt have the size, strength & reach advantage over …. BAHAHAHA who am I kidding, Silva fight someone bigger than him (besides 2 big, slow & 1 dimensional fighters @ LHW) WOW

          • xenolord

            You do know that the UFC is a business and therefore has to make PROFIT as well as put on good fights, right? Face it, a Weidman fight with Silva will not do good PPV numbers and Anderson only has a few fights left in him. It benefits both AS and the UFC to put him in marquee matchups. And please get off Weidman’s nuts a little, his claim as #1 contender is pretty weak. Beating Munoz, whom was coming off an injury, and decisioning Maia doesn’t make him anymore a contender than Boetsch or even Stann.

          • KBEsq

            I love these bandwagon comments. A month ago, you would laugh at the prospect of Weidman being better than Sonnen. What people don’t get is that the MWD isn’t the worst division. Silva makes it look like the worst division. I will say this again. Every other division has fighters a tier below the champ who dominate other fighters, but cannot beat the champ. That makes the division appear stronger than it is. The MWD doesn’t have that so it makes the fighters appear weaker when they really aren’t.

            Really, on what basis do you call the MWD the worst division? There’s really no way to tell that. For all you know, the MWD fighters are just so good that they can’t consistently beat each other.

            The MWD doesn’t have a Kos, a Maynard, a Faber. It’s all an illusion.

      • bwade181994

        Jon jones said he doesnt want him toFight him either

  • maddawgmar

    Well I see GSP, but Rockhold? Who has he beaten? A couple of nobodys and a has been. His toughest fight in the MW division right now is Weidman. He has the wrestling skill set to do what Sonnen did for five of the seven round they fought. But he can finish the fight unlike Sonnen did. Not saying he will win but he has the skill set to win. But GSP is just as dangerous to Silva. His wrestling is really good and he good enough not to be submitted. As for Jones not as marketable as GSP fight. Those two ruled their divisions for many years, Jones has yet to be seen. Yeah he had beaten all the top guys right now but there are still up and comers to contend with. GSP and Silva have demolished up and comers.

  • smill0313

    I like weidman, and I cant even argue that he is not the #1 contender. With that being said, this fight reminds me of when I was a kid and my father and his friends would refuse to buy tyson ppv fights because it was a no-brainer that they werent lasting 20 seconds. Same here. Weidman is #1 by default because he is 1 of 3-4 mw silva hasnt destroyed yet. Tough choice though because weidman deserves it more then any other mw and damn sure more than diaz.

  • WarriorScholar

    Weidman doesn’t deserve the shot yet and you guys are crazy to think so,Munoz was always overrated and he had a stinker of a fight with Maia.Other than that he has not fought anybody,but if he beats a legitimate contender then he deserves it.

    • shakejunt

      hey remember how munoz was supposed to fight chael for #1 contender? overrated or not, he was still at the top of the division. don’t retroactively discredit munoz because he got steamrolled.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000468891939 liemianbresenio

    Weidman doesn’t get it. It’s not a personal insult, it’s a negotiating tactic. Silva’s management team is doing this to build more money into the inevitable fight contract. They have to whine during negotiations to get the best deal.

    “We don’t wanna fight hiiiiim…who has he faaaaced?? We’ll lose our share of the gaaate….maybe you if you hold it in Braziiiilll….ok fine we’ll do it for double the base paaaaay…”

    • johnnybooker

      lol…you just nailed it! And I hope you’re right.

    • Brian

      At last someone telling like it is.

  • Derius_C

    I think Diaz should come back and fight Weidman…the winner of this fight should then fight Silva. They could also send Weidman over to Strikeforce to fight Rockhold like they’re doing with Mir vs Cormier. Then if Silva and GSP are still champs by early 2013, they can make the superfight happen. I really wish Jones would move up to heavyweight after like 3 more fights at light heavyweight. Maybe even fight Cormier after the Mir fight.

  • longtime fan

    Most of you think you know something but its obvious that you are ignorant to the sport. SilvA knowsweidman is a stylistic nightmare for him and he doesnt want to fight him. If u knew what you thiNk you U knew about mma theN you could see weidman is no joke… Or belcheR for that matter. Ill give sIlva credit for belfort franklin griffin and dan henderson even Tho dan isnt the same when he cuts that much weight, but othEr than that ive always said silva is overrated…. Dana white is a great promoter thats why silva is looKed at like hes the greatest. And look at sonnen… Who the fuck was sonnen til he almost beat silva. Ill say silva is good but hes not great. Before silva came to the ufc and had hIs opponents handpicked… His record was below .500 in pride. His losses are to nobodys.

    • MaritalArtist

      Good points. I think Anderson is a striker who (rather) recently learned BJJ. While I don’t currenty think he’s the GOAT, he’s close. The next few fights might resolve this issue in my mind, especially if he picks some hard fights. There’s no question that he’s the one of the best strikers in MMA. Combination of speed, power, chin, killer instinct, fighting IQ, accuracy, endurance and timing. I would say he’s up there with aldo and JDS in terms of striking. Of course he’s shown us that he’s not a wrestler.

      But to me, the true GOAT would fight Weidman, jones, GSP, sonnen again, hendo again, vitor again, and belcher. Come one come all, the true GOAT would say.

    • pooby

      What’s with the random capital letters? Is your keyboard f’ed up?

      I’m pretty sure Silva is eyeing retirement at this point. He wants to retire undefeated and he wants to make as much money as he can in his last 2 or 3 fights.

      GSP and Diaz (not Rockhold) would serve this purpose.

      Fighting Jones would give him the biggest payday, but I guess he doesn’t consider it worth the risk of tarnishing his legacy with a loss.

      • pooby

        * Undefeated in the UFC I mean.

    • bwade181994

      Dude are you being serious?trust me anderson is great can you honestly say he doesnt have great stand up or great clinch and bjj?just because he doesnt have amazing wrestling he’s not a great fighter?and about the pride thing dude he was just starting and now he has accumalated alot of expierence and now hes good forget the past who cares about that do u not like randy courture?bj penn?They dont have great records but you cant deny their succes.anderson is not sorry or overrated by any means he has fought all styles includinG weidmens im pretty sure when weidmen loses you just gonna go to the next best fighter and say “anderson has no chance at beating this grappler he sucks against world class wreslters”.

      P.s. He has whooped every grappler put in front of him

      • longtime fan

        Dude…penn and couture arent overrated. They are as good as everyone thinks they are and have fought stiff comp their whole careers. Im saying silva iS good but overrated. Not the best pound for pound. ….. And for the guy that thinks stann and bisbing should bE next in line, ur pretty ignorant. Weidman then The winner of belcher and belfort. Hell then the loser of belcher vs belfort. Those are the best. And u can see the potential in lombard If he gets his head out of his butt. He has the tools to beat silva as well

    • http://www.facebook.com/alex.s.1291 alexs

      You think anyone is gonna eat up the comments you laid out? opponents handpicked? If anything, PRIDE was notorious for fixing matches and thats where 2 of his losses came from, but thats not relevant now cuz he established a legacy as one of the best fighters ever, Pacman also got KOed by 2 nobodies early in his career so what its not relevant at this moment. You’re using excuses to justify why Silva is undefeated in the UFC, its too hard for you to believe its possible. How do you know Jones isnt getting some special treatment to remain undefeated? Of course you’re gonna claim he’s beaten 4 former champions in a row, yah 4 guys that had 1 or no title defenses and 2 of them are past their prime, Hendo is also past his prime at this point and btw Hendo was 185 lb champion in PRIDE so please dont try and justify he’s not the same at that weight class, he’s undersized at 205.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kaution.hill kautionhill

    I noticed they didn’t mention a fight with Jon Jones or even Rashad Evans who have said he would cut weight to do that fight. He is the champ but all this time sitting out and not fighting if healthy is starting to make no sense to me. Like what was the point in a inter. welter weight belt Carlos Condit has if he can sit it out and NOT defend it until GSP is heal up to fight? No he should be fighting Weidman next cuz its his weight class and the next guy in line.

    • http://www.facebook.com/alex.s.1291 alexs

      You gotta take these articles with a grain of salt. What comes out of Silva’s management or his own mouth can never be taken too literally, I think we all saw it on multiple occassions. What matters though is that every time Silva fights, he reiterates his status as one of the best fighters to have ever lived, so all this talk about his ducking fighters, handpicking guys, calling out smaller fighters is flat out horse shit its simply jealousy to try and belittle his achievements. By the way he doesnt need Jon Jones to prove his greatness, he’s already proven it, just like if Pacman and Floyd never fight each other, it doesnt take away from their individual legacy.

  • Maine2Alaska

    I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE TALK WAS IN THE BEGINNING ABOUT IF MUNOZ WINS HIS NEXT FIGHT HE WILL BE THE NO.1 CONTENDER… WIEDMAN HAD A (MORTAL COMBAT TERM) ‘FLAWLESS VICTORY’ OVER MUNOZ. WASNT A FLUKE,, MADE MUNOZ LOOK LIKE A HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLER. ALSO, THE KID IS UNDEFEATED. WITH (FROM THE LOOKS OF IT) PRE GOOD UB SKILLS. YOU CANT BLAME HIM FOR WANTING THE GOLD AND FEELING DISRESPECTED. WHO CARES WHAT ANDERSON PULLS IN EACH PAY CHECK. HE’S THERE TO FIGHT THE #1 CONTENDERS. EARN THEM THE F***ing RESPECTFULL WAY.

    • elguapo

      Ha, enjoyed the mortal kombat reference!

  • mma fanatic1982

    Wow alot of dumb comments in here! It doesnt matter if silva beat everbody and thats the only reason weidman is num one contender, although thats not the case. Weidman has finished every fight when hes full camp. Weidman is the.only.legite opp for silva right now. Everbody else is busy, do yall want to wait over a yr to see silva fight again lol what like having another interim.champ in mw while we wait for a healthy champion who.just dont want to fight. Think back who had silva beat to get the shot at.franklin? Franklin didnt even really know who silva was then, ok and jones. Who did jones beat to get shogun? Lol bonner lol oh overrated bader thats right, he didnt beat any top 5 guys to get his shot, and look he dominates now! Point is up in comers have won titles and dominated champs! Edgar huge under dog in penn first fight but he won, so stop talking nonsense. Weidman is a freakin beast and has all the tools too win that fight. His wrestling is amazing (silva weakness) but he can also strike (unlike sonnen), sonnen prob is he cant really strike so all u have to do is watch.for td. Weidman is diff he can strike and setup his td so his wont be easy to stuff or see coming like sonnens ( though silva still had a hard time defended). Weidman earned the right and is beast, only fight that makea sense unless u want too wait over a yr to see silva fight!

    • Brian

      It’ll be almost a year. The rules state that a champion only has to defend his title once a year. Silva has been one of the few to defend it more than that. He just defended the title so don’t expect him to fight again till around January.

  • ssgo3

    The winner of Stann vs Bisping is #1 contender not Weidman. Conversation done.

    • lowlb

      “the conversation is done” ok bye..
      You are incorrect..

      http://www.fightmatrix.com/mma-ranks/middleweight/

      Go Weidman!

    • MaritalArtist

      I was thinking the same thing earlier, but I am now convinced that while Bisping is due, he needs one more top-5 win first. Not good enough yet to fight silva. But we all know Weidman is a favorite over bisping or stann. Weidman is top-ranked, injury-free, undefeated, and ready. The only choice I’d give silva is whether he wants to fight Weidman, Evans, or the winner of hendo-jones. And that’s being nice.

    • Maine2Alaska

      I wouldnt mind seeing that only because both contenders would stand with Anderson. On the other hand.. who did either of them beat lately? Stanns biggest win was Chris Lebon, then got submitted by Chael. Who did Bisping beat lately? He does have a nice record, but i dont think he beat anyone in the top 10. The biggest fight he won in my eyes was against Matt Hamill.. and that was controvercial.

    • shakejunt

      not sure if you actually believe that to be true or you’re just saying what is going to happen

    • http://www.facebook.com/john.weatherly johnweatherly

      That’s completely assigning. They are both guys that Sonnen beat. Rashad Evans who should get the nod.

  • obuchons

    I am a big AS fan! That being said I do think it is funny he is talking about fights with GSP and Diaz! Really? If your the stud everybody says you are then fight the J. Jones vs. D. Henderson winner for the LHW belt! He did say early on in his UFC career he wanted to hold belts in two weight classes!

    • jamin

      If you were a true AS fan and not an inbred, you would know that Silva did have an interest in the LHW and HW division before his other brazilian training partners (Dos Santos, Lyoto) were aiming for it. It is why he did indeed go up to fight the LHW champion Forrest(well, he had the belt 2 months prior), and the Sandman, both fights lasted about a couple minutes (or seconds?) and finished them in devastating KO. I actually thought Silva performed better at LHW than MW. Haters would say (after the fight ofcourse) Forrest can’t fight, as they say about everyone Silva defeats..Forrest had defeated Shogun and Rampage not long earlier.

    • Brian

      If your such an Anderson fan then you would know that Diaz is the one who called Anderson out not the other way around. Anderson will fight whoever the UFC puts in front of him. We heard the same thing with Sonnen. Oh he won’t fight Sonnen again, he is afraid, he is faking injury, he is ducking, blah, blah, blah.

  • MaritalArtist

    That’s the only choice right now: Weidman, Evans, or the jones-hendo winner.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stanislav.alyas stanislavalyas

    I have nothing to say but I read the first persons comment and all I have to say is ur absaloutly retarted first nick called Anderson out secound u fucking retart why the fuck would the winner of jones and Henderson fight silva that dosent even make sanse and he didn’t mention jones’s name because jones already said I am not gonna fight him so go and get ur facts str8 I hate retarted like you they should filter wat ppl say on these Mma sites couse web u don’t u have retarted idiots like this kid writing some dumb shit that he dosent even no wat he’s talking about

  • jamin

    At the end of the day, silva cannot, and does not, decide who he fights, so what’s the point of all this? They say Dana hand picks opponents for him. So did Dana ‘handpick’ Rich Franklin to be a defending MW champ before even knowing Silva was going to come into the UFC to face him? Maybe he has a crystal ball. When Silva did not want to give Sonnen a second shot, haters then swore he was afraid, and that he would lose because Sonnen brings challenges that he won’t be able to deal with. Well we all know now after Silva spectacularly finished Sonnen why he did not want to give him the second chance. Now the same thing is happening with Wiedman. Haters also say that Silva is dodging the higher weight classes. Inbred haters would always find senseless rubbish with no factual basis. Its the same inbreds who are saying Silva is dodging Wiedman would say that Wiedman was handpicked and was only a new comer when Silva defeats him. This ritual happens before every single fight Silva has. It could be seen time and time again, that wrestlers are not a threat to Silva, ask Hendo and Sonnen, and lets not go back to Silva vs Sonnen 1, Silva obviously took that fight with injured ribs (See the movie ‘Like Water’) parts of it were filmed before the fight and proved he was injured before the fight..Silva also said he would defeat him by submission, and won exactly how he wanted to even though, Sonnen was juiced up on steroids as people seem to keep forgetting. To intelligent people, and those not affected by the side-effects of inbreeding and the true mma fans, they would know that Silva did have an interest in the LHW and HW division before his other brazilian training partners (Dos Santos, Lyoto) were aiming for it. It is why he did indeed go up to fight the LHW champion Forrest(well, he had the belt 2 months prior), and the Sandman, both fights lasted about a couple minutes (or seconds?) and finished in devastating KO. I actually thought Silva performed better at LHW than MW. Haters would say Forrest can’t fight, as they say about everyone Silva defeats..Forrest has defeated Shogun and Rampage. Just a little trivia to those who say Silva likes easy fights…Silva also finished Hendo, and Hendo KOed Fedor, a guy who many once thought was the greatest, and he KOed him in his own HW weight class!! To those who say mma math won’t apply here, maybe common sense does, Fedor’s slow and wild swinging stand up style would have been even easier for Silva to deal with than Hendo’s wrestling style, still Hendo defeated Fedor in stand up,(Fedor’s bread and butter). Anyways, back to my point…out of respect, Silva has left those two slots for his training partners as they vowed never to fight each other. This is not speculation, these are facts that have been said many times, but haters would always want to believe anything that would have a negative impact on who they hate.

  • mma fanatic1982

    Stann just lost to sonnen lol. So beating stann is the way to titles lol sonnen beats him gets his shot then bisping beats him and gets his shot haha cmon. Stann just lost, i would say bisping just lost but i.think.he shoulda won that fight vs sonnen 2 rnds to 1 but it was close and the big ppv rematch for.silva sonnen 2 was at stake. No way dana ufc loses out on all that money. Wiedman num 1 contender! Silva knows a young hungry beast when he sees one, he onows weidman fast strong strikes well with the wrestling skills that would do what sonnen did to him the.first 6 rnds they fought. Except weidman on top would finish not.just lay and controll like sonnen did.

  • BlackDog2009

    I thought Silva would fight anyone he was asked to fight? Didn’t he say that before fighting Sonnen? Weidman makes a strong argument here. A champ fights the contenders. He doesn’t pick and choose. But if this sport starts getting like boxing (where guys like Mayweather and Paquiao hand pick opponents) then we’re in for some screwed up, suspect fights and that will ruin the sport. And why would management all of a sudden be interested in GSP who is injured and recovering? Would Silva would be interested in fighting Franklyn who is basically over the hill and who Silva has beaten twice before? And why doesn’t Silva call out Jon Jones? Why is Silva and his management trying to control who they face? Why does the term ‘ducking opponents’ come to mind everytime I hear Silva’s management talking? Silva’s career seems like a marketing strategy now days. And the sell is to make believe that Silva is the all time great. That marketing strategy hasn’t worked on me yet.

    • gnodeb

      Silva was so dominant and he made MW looks so weak that even Weidman believes that he is #1 contender. So he tries to convince us that Silva is ducking him.
      I think Weidman is ducking the rest of division by calling out AS… He is afraid that his little win streak is coming to an end and he figures it would be better if it is against AS…

  • Maine2Alaska

    I want to see “the all american” beat Anersons head so bad that it looks like Macks head at the end of “Predator”

    • Brian

      Well, my racist friend your just not going to see that even if this fight takes place.

      • Maine2Alaska

        why not? I like seeing bald heads bleed. This kid can punch hard.. He is tall.. with good reach. and he is an elite wrestler with submissions. what a deadly combination.

  • jamin

    At the end of the day, silva cannot, and does not, decide who he fights, so what’s the point of all this? They say Dana hand picks opponents for him. So did Dana ‘handpick’ Rich Franklin to be a defending MW champ before even knowing Silva was going to come into the UFC to face him? Maybe he has a crystal ball. When Silva did not want to give Sonnen a second shot, haters then swore he was afraid, and that he would lose because Sonnen brings challenges that he won’t be able to deal with. Well maybe he knew that a second fight with Sonnen won’t be a challenge and he proved it by finishing Sonnen spectacularly. Now that haters are once again proven wrong they’ve replaced Sonnen with Weidman and saying the same sorry lame biased predictions as with every opponent Silva has had for the past 7 yrs. Haters also say that Silva is dodging the higher weight classes. To intelligent people, and those not affected by the side-effects of inbreeding and the true mma fans, they would know that Silva did have an interest in the LHW and HW division before his other brazilian training partners (Dos Santos, Lyoto) were aiming for it. It is why he did indeed go up to fight the LHW champion Forrest(well, he had the belt 2 months prior), and the Sandman, Silva won both fights in a couple minutes (or seconds?) and finished in devastating KO. I actually thought Silva performed better at LHW than MW. Haters would say Forrest can’t fight afterwards, as they say about everyone Silva defeats..Forrest has defeated Shogun and Rampage.Inbred haters would always find senseless rubbish with no factual basis. Its the same inbreds who are saying Silva is dodging Weidman would say that Weidman was handpicked and was only a new comer when Silva defeats him. This ritual happens before every single fight Silva has. It could be seen time and time again, that wrestlers are not a threat to Silva, ask Hendo and Sonnen, and lets not go back to Silva vs Sonnen 1, Silva obviously took that fight with injured ribs (See the movie ‘Like Water’) parts of it were filmed before the fight and proved he was injured before the fight..Silva also said he would defeat him by submission, and won exactly how he wanted to even though Sonnen was juiced up on steroids as people seem to keep forgetting. Just a little trivia to those who say Silva likes easy fights…Silva also finished Hendo, and Hendo KOed Fedor, a guy who many once thought was the greatest, and he KOed him in his own HW weight class!! To those who say mma math won’t apply here, maybe common sense does, Fedor’s slow and wild swinging stand up style would have been even easier for Silva to deal with than Hendo’s wrestling style, still Hendo defeated Fedor in stand up,(Fedor’s bread and butter). Anyways, back to my point…out of respect, Silva has left those two slots for his training partners as they vowed never to fight each other. This is not speculation, these are facts that have been said many times, but haters would always want to believe anything that would have a negative impact on who they hate.

  • mma fanatic1982

    Gnoebd u r reatareded! Who else is there left for weidman to beat? Bisping just lost so did stann! Hes the only won who.hasnt lost! He just beasted munoz! U r retardes lol ok name me a fighter in mw who is on a streak and hasnt lost, if u can find one whi.is on a streak.and beaten ppl like munoz then we talk about.making them.fight for num 1 contender. Ufc dont match ppl on winning streaks.vs.ppl who.just come off a loss for a contender match! That is just retarded thinking. U just have ya head stuck.up silva booty, im.glad u not a match maker. U would make easy fights for your favs and duck the real ones to.protect.ya boy!

    • gnodeb

      This is not about Silva, this is about too many people crying about title shot instead of fighting. Sonnen played that “AS ducking” card, not once but twice, and he was finished twice. And all you can remember is that AS is afraid? After how many title defenses?
      Last month (before Munoz fight) there was a voting about who is next for AS. Munoz was on list but Weidman was not. He was so far form title shot that he was not even on a list? And now, one month later AS is ducking him after 5 years of domination? How naive is that?

  • mma fanatic1982

    I never said silva is ducking him, i said weidman is num 1 contender. He beat munoz so that makes him num 1. If someone is the champ and u beat them u the new champ, so if u beat the num 1 contender how doea that work the same! Weidman is the only one who hasnt lost, stann bispang etc all coming off losses. Weidman just beat the num 1 guy and he is undefeated, cleary he is the only logical choice! Like i said name another fighter winning like weidman too make a case they should fight to see whos the real num 1 contender. U dont match up losers vs winners for a contender match!

    • LoneWanderer

      how about Weidman vs the winner of Belcher/Belfort, Belcher has done enough to earn recognition as a contender

  • Mario

    Weidman is on a roll, but he needs to win another fight before truly challenging Anderson. I mean, Anderson has more title defenses than Chris even has fights!

    Chris is a stud, no doubt, but his toughest fight was really Mark Munoz. I don’t think Demian Maia really qualifies at this stage. When was the last time you saw that guy dominate at 185? He won recently, but at 170!

    Jesse Bongfeldt and Tom Lawlor are not contenders by any means. So Chris has some work left before proclaiming himself thee number #1 contender. If this were 2006, he would have definitely gotten the shot.

    ps. You guys should really just post your opinions and not argue. You flood these things with pointless rants.

  • mma fanatic1982

    Ok not arguing, but who is worthy to fight weidman? Who else if not weidman deserves a shot at anderson or is close like weidman?

    • gnodeb

      It’s not right to ask “who is worthy to fight Weidman”. He is so young, that anybody with two wins in a row deserves it. For example:
      Constantinos Philippou (11-2)
      Andrew Craig (8-0)
      Chris Camozzi (17-5)
      Francisco Trinaldo (11-1)

      Of course, he deserves to fight other contenders too. There is no clear contender so they should nuke out before they bother Silva to fight again:
      Chris Weidman
      Alan Belcher
      Vitor Belfort
      Tim Boetsch

      I’m not in hurry, I would like to see how this mini tournament would look like. BRING IT ON!

  • http://www.ufcfightblogger.com/ UFCFightBlogger

    Anderson needs to fight who ever the UFC puts in front of him. This is the UFC, not boxing. Fighters shouldn’t be able to decide who they fight next.

    Check out the current beef between BJ Penn and Jon Fitch http://www.ufcfightblogger.com/videos/bj-penns-ufc-152-blog-1-vada-aka-training/

    • gnodeb

      You are right. He should. The thing I don’t understand is why anybody would think that he did’t? He cleaned division, right?
      In this article, Weidman is the man who pick a fight instead of waiting to see what is next for him.

  • cfcy

    Im my opinion…

    Official Rank list

    1. Anderson
    2. sonnen
    3. belfort
    4. bisping
    5. weidman
    6. boetch
    7. munñoz
    8. stann
    9. belcher
    10. okami

    first of all gsp will fight condit NICK has no business in the middle weight division he has to fight lombard or somebody first im my opinion then rockhold he still has like a year in strikeforce so no… now back to the ranking list chael just lost so i think they´ll throw him #6 boetch then 3.belfort vs 9. belcher, 7 and 10 are out… that just leaves us weidman stann bisping this last two lost to sonnen so i think they should battle it out, so that just leaves weidman for the next contender and a hell of a contender, then sonnen vs boetch &belfort vs belcher & bisping vs stann the best 2 out of the 3 winner in this last fights should fight for a title contention, afterwards if silva gets passed this 2 fights i think is his last one so the 3 fight should be a superfight gsp or bones.

    • zacharydetal

      Belcher should be ranked highter than munoz and stann, maybe boetsch too

  • cfcy

    Official Rank list

    1. Anderson
    2. sonnen
    3. belfort
    4. bisping
    5. weidman
    6. boetch
    7. munñoz
    8. stann
    9. belcher
    10. okami

    first of all gsp will fight condit, NICK has no business in the middle weight division he has to fight lombard or somebody first then rockhold he still has like a year in strikeforce so no… now back to the ranking list chael just lost so i think they´ll throw him #6 boetch then 3.belfort vs 9. belcher, 7 and 10 are out… that just leaves us weidman stann bisping this last two lost to sonnen so i think they should battle it out, so that just leaves weidman for the next contender and a hell of a contender, then sonnen vs boetch &belfort vs belcher & bisping vs stann the best 2 out of the 3 winner in this last fights should fight for a title contention, afterwards if silva gets passed this 2 fights i think is his last one so the 3 fight should be a superfight gsp or bones.

  • mma fanatic1982

    He didnt pick a fight lol he asked y silva is mentioning only diaz who cant fight, gsp who is a long way out of the picture ( both ww) but never mentioned jones hendo winner or himself “weidman” who just beat the man everyone was saying was the num 1 contender (in dramatic fashion). Nobody else is up on weidmans level right now, everyone is coming off a loss except boetch lol and he is not good enough. And the names u named gnobed arnt even in the top 10 lol y would weidman fight someone lesser in rank? When u up towards the top u only fight top 5! Anyone less does not make sense or help him get higher. U r not that smart lol.

    • gnodeb

      Before Weidman faced Munoz these fighters were in the mix for next title shot: Munoz, Vitor, Boetch, Belcher. These were top 5 fighters at that moment. Nobody was talking about Weidman as a serious contender, yet he get opportunity to fight Munoz. How is that possible if your logic suggest that make no sense?
      By calling out Silva he is clearly taking a shortcut to the title. He is ignoring other contenders… I’m sure at least two top 10 fighters called him out but he is still talking only about Silva. Why is that?

  • elguapo

    Can I just clarify where Anderson has been officially quoted as saying he doesn’t want to fight Weidman? People are on here saying he should fight whoever the UFC puts in front of him etc, well the UFC hasn’t put anyone in front of him yet. The only attributable quotes are to Anderson’s management, and what does any sport management try to do? Make as much money as possible off their client. Just look at Fedor…

    • http://www.facebook.com/mark.mcdowall.14 Beaver

      Exactly…Silva’s managers can say he wants to fight Ivan Dragoff and Clubber Lang in a handicap match for what its worth…which isn’t much. At the end of the day Joe Silva and Dana White are going to put on the best fight they can. They learned their lesson with the Maia fight in Abu Dahbi…Silva needs a guy like Sonnen to fire him up. Frankly I think he is bored with beating guys easily and wants a challange, could Weidman be that guy? Who knows…there are too many good fighters at the top @ 185 to say who is a clear #1.

      And Weidman is defiantly in the running…but there are at least 3 or 4 more fights that need to happen before a CLEAR #1 contender emerges. Munoz was his first tough fight…and yes he beat him easily…but does your first fight against a to 10 fighter make you #1?? I don’t think so…but it certainly puts him in the mix.

  • mma fanatic1982

    Well lets see, the top five r silva sonnen vitor bisping and weidman. Silva is champ so obviously he cant fight himself lol sonnen just lost , bisping just lost, that only leaves vitor n weidman! Vitor is already scheldules too fight somebody else,plus he just got demolished like two fights ago by silva! That just leaves weidman! Y would uweidman fight anyone below his rank? Beating anyone lower than top five doesnt move him up any higher! U dont get moved up higher in rank by beating lower ppl in rank (commen sense). And the only ppl infront of him is the champ silva, two ppl who r just coming off losses, and one person vitor who is booked already. So weidman and silva r the only two who r winning still and neither is booked for a fight yet, just makes sense thats the fight too make. Plz dont say boetch lol he is not that good! He was getting owned by the zombie before he got his miraculious comeback hit, and he looked like trash in his last fight ( so did.his opp too) besides tim is below the top 5 and like i said a fighters rank and stake for a title doesnt go up when u fight lower ppl. Any fight for weidman besides vitor does nothing to move him up. So either rebook the vitor fight and make it vitor vs weidman so the winner can fight silva or give weidman silva.

    • gnodeb

      If any fighter decide to fight only people who are better ranked, these better ranked people can use the same argument to duck him. How hard is that to understand.
      Munoz accepted fight against Weidman who was nowhere near top 5. Nobody said that Weidman is next in line if he beat Munoz. He was not that close.
      Right now we have Weidman, Vitor, Boetch and Belcher with nice wins behind them. Any of these who wins two in a row will be true contender. Silva can spend some more time with Sigal :P .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002337774987 cedrickmartin

    What is this talk about AS doesn’t want to fight anyone his own size? WTH is that? Don’t both fighter weigh in at the same weight? I guess I don’t get it. I wrestled in college and never complained if I had to wrestle a person that was shorter or taller than i was. You know why, because we ALL weighed in at the same weight. So In actuality AS is NOT fighting smaller fighters. Is it is fault that he is tall and can make 185 Lbs?

    Weidman sounds like a little girl begging to fight AS. If they are gonna make it happen, let it happen. All his crying isn’t going to make a difference.

    Everybody is looking for the next HYPE to beat AS. First it was Sonnen, now everyone on the Weidman bandwagon…

  • mma fanatic1982

    Your an idiot. U do know that the guys who cut weight weigh more on fighr night! They gain alot of there weight back by then. The guys moving up in weight obvioualy will not gain no more as they had to gain to make weight. Brock uae to weigh in at 265 but was reported weighing close to 295 the night of the fight! Silva weighs in around 200 the night of his fights! So yeah diaz or pierre would be only 185 the night of the fight while silva would be near 200! So yeah theres a big diff! edgar weighs in 155 max but manyard and others r bigger than him not in height or reach dork, but in that they cut down to weigh in so on fight night manyard got a good amount of weight back on while edgar is still barely at 155. Thats y dana and ppl say he should move down to 145. The ppl who cut down will always be stronger than the guys moving up! Learn some facts or knowledge before u post something just to hug silva *****!

  • all_eyzon_me2

    @mma fanatic1982,

    I think its funny how you guy call others names online because somebody give their opinion about something! What you are saying is your opinion about something, but Im not calling you names am I? I’m sure if were were both in the gym training would wouldn’t be calling me an idiot.

    My point is they both weigh in the same weight. Its not AS fault he can make 185 lbs. Nobody was complaining when Anthony Johnson was fighting at 170 lbs and walked around at over 200 lbs. You know why, cause he lost fights.

    Only people that have never competed would make a statement about weight like that.

  • mma fanatic1982

    Lol your right ive never trained or.fought, sarcasim (i have). Your anthony johnson use was dumb. Rumble might have cut from 200 but the majority of ww div cuts from around 190 so just 10 more pounds extra. It be diff or meant something if he cut from 200 and was fighting ppl from lw moving up, but most ww r cutting.from around the same ball park. Silva walks around 220 and thats quating him after the irwin fight! So yeah come fight.night hes as big as a lwh and pierre would just.be 185 still, if not a pound or too lighter. Giving.up 25pounds is alot at a world class level and i would expect u to know that if u train and compete! Silva is world class and so is pierre, when the skills are that close weight makes a huge diff. Sorry if idiot comment offended u, i just say it was dumb comments.

  • sphoeninx

    i think it’s all about the UFC as whole. They simply wanted to maximize how Anderson Silva represented the UFC as well as George St. Pierre. Dana wanted to elevate the UFC to the same level as boxing, so probably he wanted fights that would make it so – GSP vs Silva – is one such fights – bigger stadiums – bigger market value.Another is Jones vs Silva, though most unlikely coz Jones is being prepared for a heavyweight mega fight that’s what i supposed. The Weidman fight would always be there after one of these superfights. It’s a time for Weidman to solidify his number 1 contender status by beating all the rising contenders out there – and that would be huge – maybe two more fights for him – boetsch and who else – then Silva. Weidman is rushing too much hehe.