UFC President Dana White revealed that he thinks Weidman is next in line to fight Silva during the UFC 156 post-fight press conference, just hours after Rashad Evans dropped a decision to "Minotauro" Nogueira.
"I liked Weidman before (Evans lost) anyway," White said at the UFC 156 post-fight presser. "So yeah, Rashad looked worse than I've ever seen him tonight."
The list of possible challengers for Silva has been whittled down to Weidman in recent months, as Michael Bisping lost to Vitor Belfort, Tim Boetsch fell to Costa Philippou, Evans dropped a decision to Nogueira, and Yushin Okami looked mediocre in a victory over Alan Belcher.
"Everybody thinks he's ducking Weidman," White said of Silva. "I don't know why he does this. He makes it look like he doesn't want to fight Weidman, but believe me right here and right now, Anderson Silva does not care who he fights."
Weidman, 28, is riding a five-fight win streak in the UFC, including decisive victories over tough contenders like Mark Munoz and Demian Maia.
As for Silva, he hasn't lost since 2006, and he knocked out his last four opponents.
No word yet on when or where the Weidman vs Silva fight will be taking place.
White also said at the UFC 156 post-fight presser that Antonio Silva may fight Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight title, which would be a rematch.
"(Silva) and Cain Velasquez had just fought recently but I'm telling you, the way he looked in this fight against Alistair, maybe we do that fight again," White said. "I wouldn't be opposed to that."