Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman confirmed for UFC 162 main event

Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman confirmed for UFC 162 main event

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The long-rumored, oft-discussed Middleweight title fight between champion Anderson Silva and number one contender Chris Weidman has finally been made official today. Confirmed for the headliner of UFC 152, the fight will quiet many of the critics who called for Silva to defend his 185 lb. title sooner than later. 

However, it will be cause to anger those wanting him to wait for a superfight with Jon Jones or Georges St-Pierre. Those two fighters had bouts lined up in April and March, respectively, so The Spider will return to the Octagon on July 6th in Las Vegas. The event was confirmed by Newsday.

For Weidman, it will be an incredibly tough return to the cage as he remains on the mend from shoulder surgery that forced him to withdraw from his UFC 155 bout with Tim Boetsch. But this is the fight that he has campaigned heavily for, so we’ll soon see if his style is truly the one to hand Anderson Silva his first defeat in the UFC. The young contender spoke up:

“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.”

I think that this is a great bout, and obviously one that had to happen sooner or later. I also think that Weidman, although undefeated and hugely talented, could have used a tune-up bout to gauge his readiness to face the UFC’s most dominant champion. When July rolls around and he walks into the cage to face Silva, he will have been off for nearly an entire year, last facing Mark Munoz on July 11, 2012. 

That is no small factor to consider when fighting arguably the greatest of all time. It’s probably safe to say that Wediman will open as a substantial underdog, and for obvious good reason. Will he silence the critics this summer?

A huge fan of the sport since 1995, I love writing all aspects of the fight game. As Chief Editor of LowKick MMA, I strive to stay on the cutting edge of all things MMA related.
  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/EvanHolober Evan Holober

    There you go baby. Great fight. Huge match up for a great time of year. So hyped.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/DavidSaucier David Saucier

      Good for Weidman he deserves a big pay day after what the hurricane did to his house

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/grandslam grandslam

      Finally, I get to see how Weidman look's like….

      BTW, what's the excitement about??

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/i-train-ufc i-train-ufc

    easy win for silva

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BryanFontez Bryan Fontez

      We need to create a SUPERWEAK button.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BryanFontez Bryan Fontez

        lol Weak-you! Mother-weakers!!

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/UnderdogGreatness UnderdogGreatness

      @i-train-ufc: Agreed. Weidman is a decent fighter, but he is not as good as some people are making him seem to be.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/i-train-ufc i-train-ufc

        i know he is a good fighter but overrated and silva will prove it !

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/silvaisking2321 silvaisking2321

    Hopefully weidman gets healthy and stays that way and when and if he gets beat don't blame ring rust…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/MikeDrahota Mike Drahota

    Man I am looking forward to this bout big time. Also hoping Weidman won't have too much ring rust, so we see the best version of him.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

      And Anderson too right?

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/KeithFarrell KeithFarrell

        haha I meant with support but you got me

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/KeithFarrell KeithFarrell

    Anderson Silva is my favourite active fighter and the best fighter of all time… That being said this is the most nervous I have ever been for Anderson Silva.

    The elite wrestling combined with the technical, fearless and active submission game of Weidman is seriously threatening.

    I will never bet against The Spider and I am betting on him getting the second round TKO here but I doubt my heart rhythm won't be normal until the fight is over.

    Let's go Team Silva, a serious danger is here for the gold.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Brasil Brasil

    Lame fight….very disapointed.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/EvanHolober Evan Holober

      You being sarcastic?

      Or were you dead set on seeing a superfight?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Pride4Ever Pride4Ever

    meh. i think KO for anderson on a counter punch.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Brasil Brasil

    What is the point to see Anderson win or lose to a virtually unknown fighter and to make matters worse another wrestler….lame…AS vs Jones and there is nothing else…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/UnderdogGreatness UnderdogGreatness

    Anderson Silva via – TKO.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

    It just goes to show how important its is for media websites like LOWKICK to continue writing articles and generate responses and feedback from the fans to improve the sport and get the matchups we want to see.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Cookie77 Cookie77

    Wiedman by a flying knee bar……lol

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IChokePeople IChokePeople

    OMG, WHEN WILL ANDERSON STOP DUCKING COMPETITION?

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IChokePeople IChokePeople

      For the stupid and or autistic, yes, this is sarcasm.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/UnderdogGreatness UnderdogGreatness

      @ICP: I've come to the conclusion that some of those lowkickers who hate on A.S on a daily basis are either obsessed with him or just in denial.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IChokePeople IChokePeople

        Haters gonna hate. People like to talk **** about things that are nor reachable for them, like the skill level of AS. I see the same thing on car sites. Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren all just came out with amazing new super cars and if you go on TopGear.com right now 9 out of 10 comments are about how much they ****.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IChokePeople IChokePeople

          "Not" reachable.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/highkick12 highkick12

    But Anderson is still ducking him, like he ducks sonnen and whoever else.
    Or who will the haters say hes ducking now?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/RPM RPM

    I think Weidman has a good chance of making it past the first round.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/cancab72 cancab72

    Bruce buffer: and still the middle weight champion of the world A.S.

    But among the challenger Wiedman has the impressive win, hard work and skill pays off, Let's see.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

      Bruce buffer will be doing a 720 if Weidman wins…