Chris Weidman wants 'to put his money where his mouth is' at UFC 162 before signing new contract
By Chris Hall on Mar 28 2013, 11:23p @Chris81203 95
Weidman spoke to MMA Junkie Radio about his upcoming title fight with the 185 lb. king. He remains confident that he'll pull off the upset and is waiting until after UFC 162 before renegotiating his contract with the UFC.
UFC Middleweight Chris Weidman is set up for the biggest fight of his young career. After only 9 fights in his MMA career, he's scheduled to fight the division's king Anderson Silva t UFC 162 on July 6. Weidman earned his shot at the title with an overwhelmingly dominant victory over then top 5er Mark Munoz at UFC On Fuel TV 4.
If you were wondering if Weidman used his new status as title contender to ink a shiny new contract, he told MMA Junkie that now's not the time:
"I think we're just going to keep the contract. I'm definitely OK with making what I was making. I think I was making $24,000 (to show) and $24,000 (as a win bonus). I want to do that because then after I beat Anderson like I plan on doing, then obviously the contract will jump up more than if I was to rip up the contract now. I'm ready to put all my eggs in one basket and put my money where my mouth is."
Chris also had a message for anyone thinking he's getting cocky by proclaiming himself the man to dethrone The Spider:
"When people hear that, it's almost like I'm talking smack," Weidman said. "But I'm just confident, and I really believe I can win the fight. I think it's a fight that people want to see.
"This is a dream fight for me. Since I got into MMA, this is the guy wanted to fight and really prove I could beat. I finally have the opportunity to do that."
Weidman definitely has his hands full trying to pull the upset in July. Silva is undefeated since debuting in the UFC all the way back in June 2006. He's had 11 title defenses since taking the belt from Rich Franklin in his second fight with the promotion. On top of that he holds 1st round KO victories over a trio of Light Heavyweights, including former champion Forrest Griffin.