UFC middleweight Chris Weidman has no problem admitting his UFC 162 bout with champion Anderson Silva is a dream coming true. In addition to offering up an opportunity to face a legitimate legend for divisional gold, the July 6 match-up only materialized as the result of a perfect storm involving an injury for Weidman and a slew of other top contenders tanking in recent tilts.
Though Weidman will have up to 25 minutes to work with in a fight that’s by far the biggest of his career, fans shouldn’t expect him to play it safe when the cage door closes. Likewise, the former All-American wrestler isn’t looking to put Silva on his back for five frames either.
“I’m expecting this fight to go everywhere. I’m not going to be desperate for the takedown. I don’t want to rely on that alone, and I’m going to be mixing it up as much as I can,” revealed Weidman in an interview with the UFC’s website. “I definitely feel that in any fight, you want to take your opponent where you have the advantage, and wrestling is going to be my advantage in this fight. But we’ll see how things are going on the feet. Most likely I’m going to be looking to work my takedowns and submissions, but I’m going to be very aggressive no matter where I am. On my feet or on the ground, I’m going to be aggressive.”
“This is the fight I have been envisioning myself having since I started in MMA,” the motivated 28-year old continued. “Silva was the champion when I started and I have reached a point where I feel I can beat him. Now I have the opportunity to prove to myself that I can. It’ a dream matchup and it’s an honor to fight the greatest of all-time.”
“Fans are going to see a confident and hungry young guy who is going in there to win and to fulfill his dream of becoming UFC champion by defeating Anderson Silva,” he concluded.
Weidman holds an overall mark of 9-0 including five victories in the Octagon. Comparably, Silva is 33-4 with nearly twice as many wins under the UFC banner as Weidman has total fights (16).
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