Despite the fact we’re still three months away from UFC 168 and Chris Weidman-Anderson Silva II, discussion about the middleweights has already turned from ‘why did Silva lose’, to ‘who’s going to win round two’. At the same time, the debates are intertwined, as those who think Silva lost at UFC 162 because of his showboating, seem to believe “The Spider” will reclaim the championship on December 28th.

One of the men who apparently believes Weidman will be middleweight champ as 2014 begins, however,  is PRIDE veteran and BJJ star Mario Sperry. The former Blackzilians coach recently told

“It will once again be a tough fight for Anderson due to the abilities of Weidman. The first fight was not easy, and the second will not be. Weidman will come even more prepared.”

Of course, observers have been saying for sometime that Weidman’s renowned wrestling and top game would be too much for Silva, and many are still standing by that call post-UFC 162. While it doesn’t sound like Sperry sees Silva retaking the belt, he does believe “Jacare” Souza could be the man to end Weidman’s reign.

“Comparisons are complicated, but I think their styles match. What does Weidman do best? Takedowns. What Jacare do best? Jiu – jitsu. So that’s why I think Jacare would be more complicated. Against Jacare, Weidman would be insecure, unsure if the fight would unfold standing or on the ground. Against Anderson, he can expect to fight standing. And this unpredictability makes, for me, Jacare more dangerous for Weidman. Also, I´m really impressed the way Jacaré is developing his MMA game. I see him training here every day. His ground game is amazing. He has dangerous weapons standing up, his cardio is absolutely impressive and his heart is scary. I see him with all the tools to be a champion.”

That’s an interesting way of looking at it. Souza certainly continues to impress, and the jiu-jitsu star could very well be one win away from a title shot.

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