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UFC looks to make Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman for Fourth of July weekend

Esther Lin

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Brazilian news outlet Tatame recently reported that the UFC is looking to make a fight between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and top challenger Chris Weidman for Fourth of July weekend in Las Vegas.

On Thursday, UFC president Dana White confirmed both that talks are under way to make the fight and the date and location are correct.

"That's what we want to do," White told reporters after the UFC 157 news conference about a potential Saturday, July 6 date in Nevada. "But no, we don't have [the fight signed] yet."

White confirmed the company had talks this week with both sides.

Silva, who has been UFC middleweight champion since Oct. 2006, is widely regarded as the world's top pound-for-pound fighter. The 37-year-old Silva's most recent fight was a first-round finish of Stephan Bonnar at light heavyweight. His last title defense was a second-round TKO of Chael Sonnen, held last Fourth of July weekend in Las Vegas.

Weidman, meanwhile, hasn't fought since his impressive TKO finish of Mark Munoz last summer. But the Long Island native is 9-0 overall and 4-0 in the UFC. With Michael Bisping losing to Vitor Belfort and other middleweights spoken for at the moment, the door opened for Weidman to receive the next shot.

White wouldn't put a timetable on when he expects an official announcement to be made.

"We'll get it done," he said.

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