i see your point, im just saying that if the UFC wants to give him weidman, then so be it, its not for anderson to decide if he deserves it. andersons job is to defend his title, had fighters decide who deserves what fight, people would be picking/chosing and ducking fights worse than they do now.
From an outside perspective it's a just question, but from the insiders (I was NOT at the time) knew that Anderson Silva was highly touted. I only knew Anderson Silva as the guy who got submitted by The Piranha ironically. Pretty much only watched Wandy, Fedor, Big Nog and Mirko from Pride. Let me tell ya...The Spider shook up the entire MMA world like you would never believe.
Anderson Silva whom we now know was actually already the Shooto Champ, Cage Rage champ (three successful title defenses), Pride veteran, and had huge buzz around em. Here's the list of all UFC fighters he already beat which is more of a measuring stick. Chris Leben was the final piece of the puzzle to test em.
Carlos Newton (former WW Champion)
May not be the strongest list of fighters, but they were all seasoned veterans and subsequently got tooled...BADLY.
Look at Nick Diaz, he had an immediate title shot. Jorge Santiago would have gotten one had he beat Brian Stann possibly and most definitely the same with Hector Lombard. Pride grand Prix champion, Shogun Rua definitely was slated to get the shot til he lost to Griffin, but it wasn't long before he got his shot.
Weidman although dangerous, is simply too green. If he's that confident then wipe out the division the way JDS did earning his shot and at the same doubling the PPVs when the time comes.
After what Anderson Silva has done and did this past weekend...he can do whatever tha fawk he pleases. Quote from Rounders if anybody knows...hehe.
5.) LHW TITLE MATCH - Grand Finale and retirement fight.
Marcus Aurelius: Tell me again, Maximus, why are we here?
Maximus: For the glory of the Empire, sire.
Baked, not fried... the healthy choice.