There’s no secret when it comes to UFC middleweight contender Chris Weidman’s best chance to beat champion Anderson Silva next month at UFC 162. Weidman is a decorated collegiate wrestler, while Silva has struggled to oppose top grapplers’ takedown attempts and nearly lost his title to Chael Sonnen a few years back after failing to stay off of his back throughout the bulk of the bout.
Silva understands Weidman will likely be looking to put him on the mat early and often, though that doesn’t mean he’s concerned about seeing his sixteen-fight winning streak laid to waste just because his adversary excels in one area.
“Weidman has got good jiu-jitsu, and great wrestling. He needs to work with his stand up,” explained Silva in an interview with the UFC. “Wrestling is not my best strength, and I need to work on my wrestling. You have to be able to combine all the martial arts to be successful.”
“Every fighter commits mistakes. I just have to look for the right opportunity to capitalize on his mistakes,” he concluded.
“The Spider” will be looking for his eleventh consecutive defense of his UFC title when he and Weidman lock horns on July 6. He holds an overall record of 33-4 with 26 stoppages, while Weidman is 9-0 with notable wins over Demian Maia and Mark Munoz.
The interview with Silva can be seen below: