Chris “All-American” Weidman finds himself in the biggest fight of his life on July 6th in Las Vegas, Nevada, against the man who’s widely considered to bet the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Anderson “The Spider” Silva. Does Weidman carry the tools necessary to get the job done at UFC 162?
If you take a look back at the first meeting between Silva and Chael Sonnen, it was the rabid wrestling game from Sonnen that had the champion in deep trouble, before the Spider sneaked a triangle choke in from his back that ended the bout with minutes remaining.
Weidman is the type that will look to finish the fight, which was what Sonnen was missing in the fight with Silva. Sure, you can take him down repeatedly and put him through the ringer with nonstop aggression and accumulated ground and pound, but a fighter who embraces the art of Jiu Jitsu, like Weidman, is capable of finishing the fight in an instant, much like Silva’s ability to end a fight with one knockout blow.
Color commentator for the UFC, Joe Rogan, is an avid MMA fan as well. Rogan thinks Weidman’s skill-set is far more dangerous than Sonnen’s.
“Anderson Silva may very well be facing the toughest test of his career. Chris Weidman is everything you’d look for to challenge Anderson Silva, he has that championship mind and heart. He has an intensity about him, and it’s one of the reasons so many fans and so many MMA experts are very excited about this fight. The only vulnerabilities Anderson has shown are to grapplers. I think Chris Weidman is better than Chael Sonnen, I think he’s far more dangerous than Chael Sonnen.”
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