While the bout has not yet been made official, Tatame magazine reported that a Silva vs. Weidman title fight is in the works for a July 6 UFC pay-per-view event.
"Everything has it's time," Silva said in 2012, referring to Weidman receiving a title shot. "He'll have his opportunity to fight for the belt. Maybe I fight next before he gets the shot, I lose and he fights someone else. We don't know. I can fight Bonnar, lose and say: ‘you know what, I don't want it anymore'. Or maybe I win and say ‘I don't want this anymore'. Or maybe drop to welterweight or move up to heavyweight. Anything can happen. Every UFC fighter will have their chance. You have to work and wait for your opportunity."
Due to recent losses by Tim Boetsch, Michael Bisping and Rashad Evans, a path was cleared for Weidman to fight Silva.
Tatame confirmed through Weidman's agent Dave Martin that the UFC has made initial talks with them, but the fight itself is not official just yet.
Silva's manager Ed Soares has reportedly negotiated to make the fight for the UFC's normal mega-PPV on Independence Day weekend in Las Vegas, Nev.
Weidman is undefeated in his pro career, with wins over notable contenders like Mark Munoz and Demian Maia.
As for Silva, he's an absolute legend and perhaps the greatest MMA fighter of all-time. He's coming off a victory over Stephan Bonnar, and a win over Weidman would prove he's still "the man" in the middleweight ranks.
Silva's last middleweight title defense was in 2012, when he stopped Chael Sonnen with knees and punches to the body.