Dana White: Weidman healing faster than anticipated, Silva fight more possible than people think

And the game of middleweight contender musical chairs continues. The consensus amongst most fans and even the UFC brass seems to be that Chris Weidman is the true #1 Middleweight contender. So far we’ve heard from everyone but Dana, who will ultimately be one of the variables needed to solve this equation.

Appearing on Tuesday’s episode of UFC Tonight, Dana White admitted to meeting with Weidman recently to discuss his injury and next fight. However what had been a fairly firm no at one point, has now become a maybe leaning towards a potential yes, with the only variable being the amount of time Weidman still requires for his injury to heal.

Dana had the following to say:

“I think that fight’s closer and more possible than people think. I actually thought Weidman was going to be out a lot longer than he was because of his injuries. But, he’s healed up pretty well and he’s going to be ready to start training again in a couple months.”

With Silva and his management seeming to mention everyone but Weidman, it will be interesting to see how the situation unfolds. Not looking to commit completely to the idea of Weidman fighting for the title just yet, Dana still kept the possibilities open:

“We’re looking at a couple different options right now, some options that we like, and Weidman is one of them.”

Stay tuned for more developments on Silva’s next opponent. And let us know what you think of the opponents that have been mentioned soo far, in the comments below.


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    January 30, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Weidman is the number 2 guy in the division and must get the next title shot….

    There are not three or four options available for Silva and his manager to decide.

    When a guy is ranked number 2……it becomes a corruption of the sport if you don't grant the fight to that guy.


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      January 30, 2013 at 5:28 am

      I agree with you, but when the number 2 guy is injured, then what can you do?

      I guess the fans dont wanna wait another 6 month for Silva's next fight…

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        Brian Cox

        January 30, 2013 at 3:14 pm

        @ NateDogg

        Belfort is ready now, if that helps out the division, at all.

        Vitor could easily step up and take a title fight @ MW right now and help out the division and in pretty much the same way that he helped out the 205 division back in September when they were sans a legitimate challenger and fight Silva, come May. No problem.

        …or is that just us the fans who can see it?

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      January 30, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      Holy Crap, in that video Dana looks like Dr. Evil. Wheres Mini Me?

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    January 30, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Then you give it to the number 3 guy, who just destroyed the next guy in line with a brutal TKO – Belfort. As was pointed out a few days ago, he's racked up 3 wins in the division and his loss to Jones, in a fight that was made to basically save a fight card, shouldn't be counted against his performance in that division. That's the match that makes the most sense, if they want to put on a Middleweight title fight in the spring.

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    January 30, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I am starting to notice a pattern. Every time there is a clear cut contender, Silva's camp starts calling out other fighters and ignoring the obvious #1. Then eventually Silva signs on to fight the guy anyway. I think this is a tactic and serves two purposes. First, I think it is psychological warfare. It seems to be intended to make the other guy angry and/or to feel unworthy. The second thing I think they use it for is bargaining. If they make enough of a fuss of not wanting to "bother" with someone, maybe they can use it to get a bigger purse. Clearly this is conjecture but it makes more sense than saying that Silva is ducking anyone. He has walked right through all of the other guys he was supposedly ducking.

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    January 30, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Ya he was supposedly scared of hendo,nate,chael twice …. lol

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    Brian Cox

    January 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Wow, at some points in that interview, you'd almost hope that Dana should have had his lawyer sitting beside him, telling him to shut-up. If DW has evidence of gangsterism or criminality, regarding The Culinary Union or any New York politicians, then he should go to the appropriate authorities. Otherwise, he should choose his words more carefully, because I'd call that borderline slanderous. At least in regard to the union.

    The union obviously has something that it wants out of the Frateta brothers and they've chosen to fight it out in New York. I thought that was just politics. Not gangster, slimey crap. I confess, I know nothing of what's going on between The UFC and the union, but if it's truly criminal then involve the police, Dana.

    Moving on – Weidman…I will believe it when I see him in the ring with Silva.

    Rampage – if he joins Bellator that makes 2 big name former UFC fighters signed or working for the competition. As cold draws from hot, Bellator heats up in terms of fan awareness, through the use of contracts and opportunities.

    Cyborg is afraid of Rousey – what I know of it is that Cyborg would take the fight @ 145. I don't know that not wanting to drop to 135 proves the "fear" case. Question, if Silva / GSP would be acceptable to DW @ a catch-weight, why not Rousey / Santos @ 140?

    Quality Programing on FOX – is he serious? Other than sports, what quality programing would he be speaking of? Their news division is a joke, the owner of the network is a criminal and they produce crap like American Idol, X Factor and Glee. I fail to see how their programing is much, if, any better than SPIKE's. As I only watch SPIKE for Bellator, so to, do I only watch FOX for The UFC. Other than that, both networks are, to me, equally as s###y and boring. No victor there in a head-to-head comparison.

    Best line of the interview – Sonnen…"should I get a puppy"? The man is funny.

    Good to hear (no pun intended) that Dana's ear is healing.

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      January 30, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      I will admit that Culinary(woman's job) union has said and done some under handed crap. Im still at a loss why a fricken Culinary union has ANY say so what so ever in MMA. It's ludacris…thats just my 50 cents!

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      January 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      I am with you for the most part on Fox. The only caveat I would add is that Family Guy and American Dad are brilliant. Off topic but here is a fun game if you are a news or political junkie and sick/injured. Spend a couple of hours watching the House or Senate on C-Span. Then later that night watch some Fox news and see how many times they take something said on the floor so out of context that it seems like it is totally opposite of what was actually said. I was laid up for a few weeks with an injury a few years ago and this gave me endless entertainment. If you are a big enough nerd it is actually consistent enough to use as a drinking game.

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        Brian Cox

        January 30, 2013 at 10:17 pm

        @ ICP

        I actually used to watch Family Guy and used to find it very funny. Seth MacFarlane is a very talented man. However, the overtones of pedophilia and bestiality, became a little too much for my sensibilities. As to American Dad, I can't say. I've only watched it once or twice and it didn't move me.

        News and Political junkie – as the late, great Mitch Hedberg put it…I used to do drugs, but I used ta used ta, too. I gave all that crap up years ago. I used to watch, read and follow all of it. No more. I came to the conclusion that it's all a sham and a scam. Mainstream anything, FOX or otherwise, is simply there to sell the story or the pitch. They are there to easy the way and facilitate the path, of both parties and their rape and robbery of the nation. C-Span is nothing more than the live stage show of a fake democracy. And I'm sure if you wanted it to, it would make a great drinking game.

        If you want to watch something funny sometime ICP, go to YouTube and search…Fake News.

        Hope your injury is better.

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        January 30, 2013 at 10:53 pm

        Really dude. CNN, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, BBS, PBS, NPR etc do exactly this. Yet you, injured warrior, and political genius, find fault with FOX. Hypocrisy defined. Hope you weren't simply drinking my friend.

        I'll stick with FOX, at least I get half truths. . .

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          Brian Cox

          January 31, 2013 at 12:41 am

          @ Zip

          If that's directed at me…I said "all", that would include all the networks you named.

          And half-truths are exactly that, half-truths to cover full lies.

          WMD in Iraq and all that…

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            January 31, 2013 at 2:08 pm

            @ Truth

            Sorry, it was directed at ICP. For the most part , I think you are right on the mark – hence the 'Literary brilliance' comment :)

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            Brian Cox

            January 31, 2013 at 2:27 pm

            @ Zip

            Cool. I just wasn't sure and I wanted to be clear that I felt the same way about all the media and both parties. I think the one has sold us out and the other gets us to accept the sell-out as if it's natural, a good thing or our fault.

            I'd love to see the two parties and the media try and get free-trade past the voters today, knowing what they know, now, about what it would do to out economy. I think they would tell them…you keep the cheap socks and the debt and we'll keep out high-paying, revenue generating jobs. :-(

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            January 31, 2013 at 3:08 pm

            @ Truth


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