UFC 162 is going down this Saturday, July 6. Anderson Silva will face his biggest threat yet in Chris Weidman. Weidman brings in to this title fight the MMA skills that have given the champion trouble. Weidman is young and hungry! Silva is a seasoned vet and a legend in the sport! Who will win? Let's take a closer look at these two fighters and then I'll make my UFC 162 main event pick.
Weidman is 9-0 overall with the last five wins coming in the UFC. He's finished six of those 9 fights, three via KO/TKO and three via a submission technique. His great wrestling ability has gotten him a decision win over Demian Mai and he mixed in some excellent striking skills to get a KO win over Mark Munoz in his last fight.
Weidman has the best wrestling/grappling in the UFC's middleweight division. Wrestlers/grapplers have given Anderson Silva problems. But, Silva has overcome those problems with great wrestlers/grapplers to pull out victories. However, Weidman has the best striking of any of those other strong wrestlers/grapplers Silva has faced.
Anderson Silva is 33-4 overall. Since entering the UFC back in 2006, he's undefeated at 16-0. His last loss dates back to January of 2006 where he was disqualified for using an illegal kick versus Yushin Okami. Silva avenged that DQ loss at UFC 134 when he dismantled Okami and won via TKO in the second round.
Anderson Silva's striking accuracy has become amazing as his last four opponents can attest to. None of them have made it past the second round. The improvement in his takedown defense since the close call in his first match with Chael Sonnen has been noticeably making his striking even more of a weapon.
While Weidman posses the skills to give Silva problems, pulling out a victory is going to be tough. Silva has a huge toolbox of MMA skills to dig into, and the tools he usually reaches for are dangerously sharp! Silva has a wealth of experience to fall back on. He's been in trouble. He's been in big fights. He's fought the best of the best.
Look for Weidman to push the pace and use his wrestling to get the fight to the ground. Silva will be able to counter and land solid strikes. As the fight progresses, Silva's experience and striking accuracy will build momentum that Weidman will not be able to overcome. Silva will stay undefeated in the UFC and hold on to his Middleweight belt.
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