UFC 162: Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman Preview

By Jeremy Green
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Tom Szczerbowski -USA Today Sports

An important middleweight championship takes place at UFC 162 between current champ Anderson Silva and rising star Chris Weidman.  Both fighters have been out of the cage for some time, and are looking to prove who the superior middleweight is as well as improve their records.

Silva is considered to be the greatest fighter to ever step inside the cage.  He is currently undefeated in the UFC, sporting an overall record of 33-4.  In his fighting tenure, he has beaten some quality opponents in Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen, Forrest Griffin, and Vitor Belfort.  In almost every fight, he has made his opponents look like amateurs, which is just a testament to the type of precision and movement he has when striking.  No one has been able to figure out the Silva puzzle inside the UFC, and it will be interesting to see if Weidman has what it takes to dethrone the best fighter in the history of the sport.

Weidman has burst onto the MMA scene, sporting an overall record of 9-0.  Compared to Silva, he doesn’t have as much experience, but he has had an impressive outing each time he has stepped inside the cage.  In his UFC tenure, he has defeated quality opponents in Demian Maia, Tom Lawlor, and Mark Munoz.  He has relied on his excellent combinations standing as well as his excellent wrestling and submission skills.

Silva has always been knocked for having poor taking defense.  Against competent wrestlers, he has been taken down, which was accomplished by Henderson, Sonnen, and even Travis Lutter.  Many feel Weidman has the perfect recipe to defeat Silva because not only does he have excellent wrestling, but he can do damage from the top and threaten with dynamic submissions.  However, Silva always finds a way to win and is lethal when the fight stays standing.

Will time catch up with Silva, allowing Weidman to score the massive upset, or does Weidman lack experience to deal with the pound-for-pound greatest fighter of all-time?  Stay tuned!

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