UFC Middleweight contender Chris Weidman was a guest on UFC Tonight this week on FUEL TV and expressed frustration with Anderson Silva_s decision to fight Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153 after it was made clear to Weidman the UFC Middleweight Champion didn_t want a fight until sometime in early 2013.
Weidman had been hoping for a title shot against Silva after impressive showings in his last few fights. He talked about on the show:
"I was a little shocked, confused, disappointed," Weidman said on Tuesday_s new edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV. "I had actually had just ended up getting elbow surgery about a week ago ... and the same week I find out Anderson Silva is now fighting Stephan Bonnar in UFC 153. It_s tough."
"He_s going to be making a couple million dollars on odds I_ve never even seen before," Weidman said. "So it_s a smart move for him. All power to him. It_s just disappointing for me, and I just need to keep moving forward and hoping for the best.
"... This whole time him and his manager were very dead set on not fighting until 2013. They didn_t really give a reason, but they just wanted to wait until 2013. And I thought that was a little fishy that all of the sudden now they pick up a fight like it_s no big deal."
"But this whole time it_s being said I_m the No. 1 contender, and nothing_s going on with that. They_re saying it_s not a marketable fight. A guy who_s ranked No. 2 in most the polls now wouldn_t be a marketable fight for them because I don_t have that many fights. But it doesn_t matter. I_m the No. 1 contender. He should fight me.
"... I just think I_m a big risk for him on paper. I_m a good wrestler with good jiu-jitsu, which I don_t think he_s really seen anybody like me with the athleticism I have and my length and everything. I have a lot of tools. On paper, I_m a bad matchup for him. But I think Anderson would like a challenge ... but I think his managers more than him are trying to keep him away."
"The only guy I_m worried about right now is Tim Boetsch on Dec. 29. He_s a warrior, a tough guy. I_m excited for that challenge."
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