With Alan Belcher cracking his spine in half (who says guys are training too hard??), Chris Weidman is once again stuck without an obvious opponent. Well, an obvious opponent not named Anderson Silva. But let’s get real here. While Weidman’s brutal assault on Mark Munoz’s unconscious body certainly puts him into title contention, most people didn’t see that. Most people saw Chris Weidman’s dreadful decision win over Demian Maia. And that’s if they know who he is at all. So it was from the department of obvious headlines that MMA Weekly took “Chris Weidman Will Likely Fight Again Before Possibly Receiving Title Shot.”

As for when and who, Weidman took a page out of Anderson Silva’s own matchmaking manipulation book by saying this:

Weidman today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that bone fragments in his elbow have put recovery on the top of his list.

After that, the middleweight has his sights set on facing the winner of Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann, which takes place next month at UFC 152.

Which is pretty much the exact same schtick Anderson Silva pulled when the UFC wanted him to fight Dan Henderson or Nate Marquardt. “Ouch my elbow. Make them fight each other and I’ll face the winner when I’m feeling healed up.” Unfortunately for Weidman, he is not Anderson Silva. And after all his talk of wanting the ‘best name’ to fight, he’s now stuck fighting Tim Boetsch at UFC 155.