Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre, might not have to worry about a super-fight against Anderson Silva if things go the way he predicts when “The Spider” defends the middleweight belt against Chris Weidman at UFC 162.
“Chris Weidman is my friend, and I see him in training. I believe he’s going to beat Anderson Silva,” St. Pierre said during an interview with SportsNet. “I believe it’s a bad matchup for Anderson Silva, very bad. Not only is he going to beat Anderson Silva, I believe he’s going to finish Anderson Silva. I believe it’s not going to be too long that fight… the people will be shocked.”
GSP was having so much fun during the interview; he even insinuated that the fact Weidman (9-0-0, 3 KOs) is coming off an injury might have something to do with Silva’s (33-4-0, 20 KOs) decision to accept the fight.
“Anderson Silva is smart because Chris Weidman is coming of an injury, long layoff.” St. Pierre added with a mischievous grin on his face. “So it’s going to be the best time to fight Chris Weidman right now. So Chris needs to make sure he gets very well prepared for this fight.”
St. Pierre isn’t alone in his assessment that Weidman is a serious threat to Silva’s reign. The undefeated rising star is also getting a lot of love from oddsmakers, who currently have Silva as a -305 favorite (Weidman +225). To put things in perspective, Silva was a -300 favorite going into his UFC 148 encounter against Chael Sonnen, so it’s clear the wise-men in Las Vegas think Chris will be a tough matchup for Silva.
Either that or they’re just trying to get suckers to put money on Weidman.
While anything can happen on any given night in MMA, it’s hard to see Weidman dethroning Silva when they meet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 6. Sure, Weidman’s wrestling looked awesome against Mark Munoz at UFC on Fuel TV 4, but Silva has already defeated better grapplers in the past. Weidman might get the fight to the ground, but he probably won’t be able to do any more than Sonnen and Dan Henderson did when the action hit the canvas.
Also, Silva is significantly better than Weidman in the striking department, and that will probably be the hardest thing for “The All-American” to deal with at UFC 162.