May 3, 2013
Wait pays off in title shot for Chris Weidman
By NEIL SPRINGER, Special to QMI Agency

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.



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