For a guy who is about to test his skills against the greatest fighter in the history of mixed martial arts in his 10th professional MMA fight, undefeated Chris Weidman sure is confident heading into his UFC 162 title clash against Anderson “The Spider” Silva. The event is set for July 6, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
So why is Weidman so sure he’ll emerge victorious when he faces the middleweight champ at UFC 162?
Well, he feels Chael Sonnen showed the world the blueprint for defeating the Spider: capitalizing on the Brazilian’s “weak” wrestling.
“Anderson Silva has been exposed with wrestling,” Weidman said during an interview with ESPN. “Chael Sonnen was able to take him down over and over again. He was inches from winning that fight [UFC 117]. With me, he doesn’t have to only worry about the wrestling; he has to worry about my Jiu Jitsu. I’ve competed against world-class grapplers. I’ve went to the world’s [ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship], I have accolades in that. As soon as I get my hands in him, he’s going to be in my world. That’s what gives me my confidence.”
Chris Weidman (9-0-0, 3 KOs) isn’t the only one who feels Sonnen revealed the blueprint for beating Silva (33-4-0, 20 KOs) at UFC 117. A decent number of MMA fans feel the same way even though the numbers don’t agree with that assessment. The fact is: Sonnen only completed 4 of 11 takedown attempts in his two fights against Silva.
Other grapplers who have faced Silva didn’t fare much better.
Yushin Okami wasn’t able to complete a single takedown during their UFC 134 bout, Demian Maia — who out-Fitched Jon Fitch during his last outing — went 0 for 13 against The Spider, while the legendary Dan Henderson only completed 1 of his 3 takedown attempts.
Regardless, Chris Weidman is convinced exploiting what he perceives as Silva’s weak takedown defense is his key to victory at UFC 162.
“He has trouble with wrestlers,” Weidman added. “I don’t think he likes wrestling; he got exposed [by Sonnen]. He doesn’t like pressure and I’m a pressure fighter as well just like Chael. But I think I can add in some different things from top. I think I’m more calculated with submissions, more calculated with my ground-n-pound. So you’re not going to see just non-stop little punches, it’s going to be calculated hard punches, calculated hard elbows, calculated submissions.”