Chris Weidman Gets His Wish! Faces Anderson Silva at UFC 162 in Las Vegas

Chris Weidman traveled to the New York state on Wednesday to lobby for mixed martial arts in the Empire state. According to New York Newsday, Weidman was told by UFC chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta that his request to challenge Silva has finally been accepted, in a fight that will be targeted for UFC 162 on Fourth of July weekend. The event, which will take place on July 6th, is to be held in Las Vegas, though the host venue is to be decided. Also revealed, Thiago Silva goes one-on-one with former Strikeforce champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante.

Weidman, speaking via New York Newsday, said:

“Dream come true, 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.”

The 28-year-old Weidman is a perfect 9-0, but at the time of his fight with Silva, will not have competed for a year. His last bout was in July 2012, when he knocked out Mark Munoz with a standing elbow strike and some ground punches. Late last year, he was set for a UFC 155 matchup against Tim Boetsch, but eventually withdrew from the bout with a shoulder injury that required surgery. He told Newsday that he was 100 percent and had been cleared to resume training.

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