There have been a lot of opinions floating around when it comes to the July 6 showdown between UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva and undefeated top contender Chris Weidman. One camp tends to think Silva’s superb showings in the past and overwhelming experience advantage should be enough to get him by the relatively untested Weidman, while the other points to Weidman’s wrestling acumen, well-rounded attack, and overall athleticism as keys to dethroning the longtime great.
“I really haven’t seen much of Chris Weidman. I know he’s very well rounded and very tough. I think he’s capable of putting Anderson down on his back, and also striking with him. But he hasn’t been tested very well with his chin, and Anderson definitely will test it, he’s very accurate with his striking. I’d probably have to bet on Anderson if I was gonna bet. Most of that is because I haven’t seen enough of Weidman yet.” – Henderson (Rick J. Lee Interview)
“He’s a tough kid and I’ve seen him put away some fantastic fighters. He doesn’t have a ton of experience. He’s been on the fast track to greatness. Anderson Silva is a vet who’s been around for a long time and I would be surprised if Chris Weidman gets the ‘W’ in that fight.” – Leben (Fight Magazine)
“I gotta go with the East Coast boy Weidman. He’s the whole package. Anderson has fought good wrestlers, but Chris has got great jiu-jitsu and a solid stand-up game as well.” – Edgar (UFC.com)