Speculation about a super-fight between UFC champions Jon Jones and Anderson Silva has heated up over the past few days, but in reality middleweight contender Chris Weidman could spoil the situation when he meets Silva on July 6 at UFC 162. Weidman is not only undefeated thus far in his career, showing technical prowess while standing and with submissions, but he also possesses the type of grappling Silva has struggled with in the past.
Though Silva will enter the effort as a favorite from an odds perspective, Weidman definitely can’t be counted out even if he too sees “The Spider” as the best fighter to ever grace the sport of MMA.
“I think I’m a great match-up for him and I’m excited for it. I still think he’s the greatest of all time. I don’t think we’ve seen him slow down too much. He got exposed with the wrestling, but I think that’s happened in all his fights,” said Weidman to MMAMania, making it clear he isn’t overlooking Silva’s defense based on past performances. “I’m expecting the best Anderson Silva that’s ever been. This is definitely my toughest challenge, I’m fighting the greatest of all time. It’s a dream match-up and I can’t wait to meet the challenge…and defeat it. I’m ready to become a champion.”
Silva has 4X Weidman’s experience, holding a record of 33-4 including seven more wins in the Octagon than his foe has total tilts. Weidman is 9-0 with wins in all five of his UFC fights including success against Tom Lawlor, Demian Maia, and Mark Munoz.
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