UFC middleweight Roger Gracie is one of the sport’s most dangerous submission specialists. Before ever setting food inside a cage, Gracie was busy living up to his family’s reputation by scoring medals in the hardest grappling tournaments on the planet. Now a Mixed Martial Artist with five tap-outs to his credit, Gracie has had a chance to start evaluating some of his peers and one in particular has caught his eye.
“I think [Weidman] is very, very dangerous. His grappling is at a very high level. He can submit any world-class grappler. I think he’s really that good,” he explained. “He can tap anyone, even me. It’s just a matter of if he can put Anderson Silva in those situations. I would still put my money on Anderson but I think Chris Weidman is dangerous and can surprise him.”
Weidman and Silva, the division’s otherworldly champion, are scheduled to square off at UFC 162. Many in the media, as well as fans and other fighters, have labeled Weidman as the perfect foil for Silva’s attack.
The 6-1 Gracie will also have his hands full at the July 6 event when he takes on Tim Kennedy.