Originally Posted by nyduccie
Dana White told Weidman he wanted him to be the next to fight Anderson. I know that for a fact. Then he went back and told him the fight had been turned down.
Its not like Anderson was like "I will not fight Chris Weidman under any circumstances. Im afraid Weidman is the GOAT!". He simply was offered a fight and turned it down in lieu of other opportunities. It happens ALL the time in MMA.
At the time it was feasible that maybe with a big win, Bisping should skip past Weidman and have a shot at Anderson. But now that he lost. Weidman is the top ranked challenger currently fighting in the division and the only one on an actual UFC win streak, this fight has become MUCH more obvious. (To everyone other than ANdersons biggest supporters who would rather see him duck and fight lower ranked competition)
Here are the facts we know.
- FACT - The UFC offered Anderson and his camp the Weidman fight
- FACT - Anderson and his camp turned down the fight
- FACT - It was "up to the UFC" as they could have sat Weidman and forced Anderson to fight him or retire
- FACT - Anderson made it known he was prepared to sit out a year, a tactic he has used before when a fight is being pushed he does not want.
- FACT - The UFC then never papered up the Weidman offer, thereby giving Anderson huggers the semantic 'the offer was not official spin' but it is still fact the fight was offered. A fight does not have to be papered up to be offered.
- FACT - the UFC then set about offering Anderson Bonnar and then Bisping to give him what he wanted so he would not sit out and they could make money off him fighting.
None of this is in dispute although many will try to spin it.