Chris Weidman is set to take on Anderson Silva for the middleweight belt, a bout that is going to be one of the UFC‘s biggest fights ever. In their first outing, Weidman was able to knock out Silva in the second round, proving that he’s the best middleweight on the planet. Both fighters plan on making adjustments in the rematch, but will Weidman be able to defeat Silva, who is arguably the best MMA fighter on the planet, again?
The answer, to put it shortly, is yes. Weidman was able to finish Silva in the first fight, shocking many fans around the world. However, it’s in the ground game where Weidman holds the superior advantage. This was clear in the first round of their first bout. Weidman was able to quickly get Silva down and land some good ground and pound. He even locked up a submission (leg lock), but let it go when he realized it wasn’t tight enough.
The rematch is going to be an epic fight, and yes, Silva will make some adjustments. But those adjustments will not be enough. Silva is only getting older and his skills are not getting better with every fight. This isn’t the case with Weidman, however, and he’s the new breed of fighter — a multi-dimensional fighter that can do it all.
It may be a bold prediction, but Weidman will get the fight to the ground quickly in the rematch where he will end up finishing Silva, whether it be by way of TKO or submission. How do you feel the rematch will play out at UFC 168? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.