A few months ago it seemed certain UFC middleweight Chris Weidman would be booked for a bout with one of the division’s top competitors while champion Anderson Silva put his gold up for grabs against the likes of Alan Belcher, Tim Boetsch, and Michael Bisping. However, after a few twists and turns, Weidman has instead ended up with an opportunity to face Silva on July 6 at UFC 162.

Weidman is approaching the bout as though his change of fortune is no mere coincidence, telling MMAFighting he believes he’s destined to ascend this summer to the rank of middleweight king.

“Without a doubt, it feels like fate. When I got injured, I was down, but I did feel like something better was going to happen out of this. I thought I was going to get an even bigger fight than the Boetsch fight. I didn't have my hopes up too much that it would be Anderson, but I knew there was a chance it could be. Everybody who could have had a shot lost. Things went my way. I'm grateful and humble for the opportunity.”

“I believe this is meant to be. It’s not meant to be that I get there to lose. I'd be disgusted with myself if that happens. I refuse to let myself be beat. After all this, I believe I'm meant to win.”


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