Chris Weidman, top, in action against Jesse Bongfeldt at UFC 131 in Vancouver, has earned a title shot against Anderson Silva. (QMI Agency file photo)
Sometimes being stuck on the sidelines has its advantages. Just ask Chris (All-American) Weidman.
Following his first-round destruction of Mark Munoz last July, Weidman lobbied hard for a shot at UFC middleweight champion Anderson (The Spider) Silva. Though the former NCAA Division I wrestler had just dispatched the man viewed by many as the top 185-pound contender, Silva’s camp was quick to dismiss Weidman’s challenge.
Silva wanted a big-money fight against a household name. If he couldn’t get it, he was happy to sit out and wait for the right opportunity to present itself. He later opted to take a short-notice bout with Stephan Bonnar.
Instead of getting a title shot, Weidman was paired with Tim Boetsch at UFC 155 this past December, but bowed out to undergo shoulder surgery.