It’s no secret UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva struggles against high-level grapplers, a fact most recently on display in the first round of his rumble with Chael Sonnen when “The Spider” spent the full five minutes on his back. However, the explosive champion also has a proclivity for performing to near perfection outside of his occasional problem with being put on his back.
One man who thinks he has the skillset to both challenge Silva in the wrestling department, as well as offer up technically sound stand-up with a hint of knockout power, is Chris Weidman. Like Silva, the unbeaten Weidman also picked up a strike-based stoppage in recent weeks when he flattened Mark Munoz in the second round of their bout at UFC on Fuel 4.
“Every single time I’ve had a full training camp, I’ve finished the fight. This is the first one that got out of the first round,” explained Weidman in an interview with The MMA Hour. “And I think I’m a stylistic nightmare for Anderson Silva. A lot of these guys, I see them go on record basically saying, ‘I’d just love a shot at Anderson Silva to see how I’d do.’ I’m not in here to just to able to share the cage with Anderson Silva. That’s not my goal at all, I’d be far from content with that. I’m going in there to beat Anderson Silva. And to finish Anderson Silva.”
Unfortunately, as sure as Weidman is about the skills he posses, he’s equally uncertain about Silva’s interest in taking on someone with his name (or lack thereof as the case may be).
“My manager has talked to (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva and all of them. And supposedly they actually really want me to fight Anderson. The question is, will Anderson fight me? I think that’s what it’s coming down to,” said Weidman, adding in the swirling question marks surrounding the enigmatic Brazilian. “When is Anderson going to be ready to fight again? That whole thing. You know, Anderson Silva’s making so much money in Brazil right now, he’s chilling. He’s making so much money outside the ring, I don’t know if he’s so jumpy to jump in there with a guy who’s young, hungry, who’s a bad match-up for him on paper like me, and who’s name is not (as lucrative as) a Chael Sonnen at this point.”
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