UFC 168: Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva 2 Prediction

By Jeremy Green
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Jayne Kami-Oncea-USA Today Sports

Well, the moment we have all be waiting for is almost here. UFC 168 goes down this weekend, featuring a middleweight championship between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman. Surprisingly, Weidman comes into this bout as the champion after having knocked out Silva in the first bout.  Silva had his hands down in that fight as usual, and Weidman made him pay dearly for this.

Weidman is a strong wrestler, and he’s amazing when the fight hits the ground. He’s got some great submission skills, which is surprising because he hasn’t been training Brazilian jiu-jitsu for that long. He’s a natural when it comes to the ground, and he’s also a very big middleweight for the division. Add his size and reach with his top-notch ground skills, and you have yourself the new middleweight champion.

Even more, he’s picking up some amazing skills on the feet, which could be seen in his most recent wins over Mark Munoz and Silva.

Silva is the greatest fighter to ever step foot inside the Octagon. He’s one of the most deadliest, accurate strikers in the UFC. When he finds his timing, it’s pretty much over for his opponents. Also, he’s very capable of handling himself on the ground, having a black belt in jiu-jitsu. He’s been able to beat a who’s who of MMA fighters, and he’s looking to prove he’s still the best middleweight in the world.

He believes his first fight with Weidman was just a technical mistake, and he believes the old Silva is back.

Prediction: This is going to be one of the biggest fights in UFC history — certainly one of the biggest rematches. Even though Silva is one of the best, he just doesn’t match up well against Weidman. Weidman is going to trade with Silva for a bit, only to take him down when the opening presents itself.

He will work Silva on the ground, landing good shots and threatening with submissions. He may not be able to finish the fight this time, but he’s certainly going to challenge Silva each round on the ground. At the end of the day, he will win a decision and hold onto his middleweight crown.

Chris Weidman win via unanimous decision

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