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Anderson Silva-Chris Weidman confirmed for UFC 162

Chris Weidman - UFC on FuelUFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva has been the recipient of some criticism over the past few months after shrugging off the possibility of a match-up with contender Chris Weidman in favor of fights with more-established adversaries. However, after losses from a few frontrunners, it looks like Silva will square off against Weidman after all.

According to multiple reports, Silva and Weidman will serve as the main event of a July 6 show in Las Vegas believed to be UFC 162. Newsday was first to report the fight, confirming it with CEO Lorenzo Feritta.

Silva is considered by nearly all to be MMA’s top pound-for-pound fighter with 33-4 mark in the sport and wins in all sixteen of his UFC scraps. Among the 26 stoppages “The Spider” has scored in his career are those over the likes of Chael Sonnen, Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin, and Dan Henderson.

While Weidman lacks Silva’s star-power there’s no doubt he should pose a stiff test come showtime. The 9-0 grappler is 5-0 in his UFC career, showing improved skills in each effort, and was last seen stopping Mark Munoz with strikes in July of last year.

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8 COMMENTS
  • Rece Rock says:

    Silva FTW!

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    About time we get this fight. Not confident Wiedman gets it done, but Silva has a weakness against aggressive wrestlers. Sonnen showed it can be done, if you don’t suffer a final round brain fart.

    Still think Silva gets the KO inside three rounds. Then we can get Silva v. Jones hopefully.

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  • JabCrossHook says:

    Sonnen showed it could be done against an Anderson with a broken rib, a healthy Anderson stuffed those TDs consistently.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    It was the July 4th weekend event last year that Silva last defended his belt, so it’s high time we see a MW title fight. It would have been nice if Weidman could have gotten one more fight in before his title shot, but Weidman’s injury scrapped that plan and in the meantime all the other MW contenders lost, so the show must go on and Weidman is the best of the very limited options.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens beyond that fight. If Weidman is able to pull off the upset, Anderson would get an immediate remach which Weidman has already been planning/hoping for. But if Silva successfully defends the belt yet again, he’ll likely face Rockhold towards the end of the year if he’s able to get by Belfort. But if Vitor beats Rockhold, I don’t think Silva will have much interest fighting him again, and we’ll likely be back to a bit of a stalemate with more talk about potential superfights.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Sonnen had a testosterone level of 16-9:1, which means he was nearly three-times over the 6:1 ratio allowed in Vegas… Roided up excellent mma wrestler And he still lost.

    Weidman is coming off an injury, ring rust and he never fought anything near the level of Silva… This is ending by the 3rd round.

    Thumbs that down.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    Im going to have go with Race on this one

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  • MickeyC says:

    I.tend to.agree that anderson will win this. however chael did get very close. That being said CW power and jitz are far better than chaels.

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  • MCM says:

    I’m gonna presume you mean Rece, moosebaby02. Unless you always bet on black. ;)

    I think Weidman has the skills to make this fight competitive, but I’d rather have seen him against Bisping, Belcher, or Lombard before hand just to get a better view of how he takes on top strikers. Although he did KO TUF’s resident crazy, Uriah Hall.

    After what A.Silva has shown in the cage, I don’t think there’s any logical way to pick against him at this point.

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