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5 Reasons Why Chris Weidman will defeat Anderson Silva at UFC 162
UFC 162 is coming on July 6th, 2013 Live on Pay Per View from Las Vegas NV. The Main Event is for the UFC Middleweight Title, as Chris Weidman challenges the current champion, Anderson ‘Spider’ Silva. Weidman is facing a Herculean task, as Silva is on a sixteen-fight win streak and has defended his title ten consecutive times. Silva is widely considered the Greatest of All-Time and the best fighter on the planet. What could one more opponent offer that so many have not to trigger victory? Chris Weidman has five reasons why he will do what no fighter has done in the Ultimate Fighting Championships.
1) Skill Set: Weidman’s base is wrestling, which has been shown to be the most effective style to give Silva problems. He is a two-time NCAA All American from Hofstra University. As a Mixed Martial Artist, Weidman is undefeated at (9-0) and has built himself into more than just a wreslter, winning by Knock Outs and Submissions. His ability to take his opponent down is astounding at 4.47 takedowns per 15 minutes of UFC fight time (the UFC Average is a mere 1.93) and the time that his opponents have controlled him in his UFC career is a total of three SECONDS.
2) Mental State: Chris Weidman is ready for this fight inside his own head, which many fights are won or lost before the opening bell even rings. He is confident in his abilities and has displayed a calm demeanor as of late. Being undefeated himself has shown him the path to the possible and now he will look across the Octagon at the Champion as a man, a fighter, but not a god or unbeatable force that cannot be overcome. When asked during the UFC 162 Media Call by Karyn Bryant if he needed a ‘Mental Coach’ to prepare for this fight, Chris replied,“I have a degree in Psycology, so I think I’ll be alright”.
3) Preparation Time: While many may see the time from Weidman’s KO victory over Mark Munoz almost exactly one year ago as a bad thing, I think its the reverse. This past year has been getting ready for one ultimate goal: To face and defeat Anderson Silva. He has healed completely from an injury earlier in the year and now is at a physical peak without any recent battles to have held him back in the least. He has sparred and worked out at a full training schedule and has benefited from the time leading up to this fight.
4) Coaches: Matt Serra and Ray Longo combined together as fighter and coach to defeat UFC Welterweight Champion, Georges St. Pierre at UFC 69, in April 2007 by first round Knock Out. Serra was one of the biggest underdogs in Mixed Martial Arts history, but was able to destroy St. Pierre with an aggressive attack that was highly effective and won him the title. These men are Weidman’s coaches. Everyday he works with a man who ‘Shocked the world’ and learns his craft with the knowledge first-hand that he can beat an ‘unbeatable’ fighter. These coaches are also smart enough to take Chris elsewhere to hone his skills and expound on them, such is the case of me finding Weidman at Renzo Gracie’s BJJ & MMA Academy this past Saturday. Gracie has been contributing his time and knowledge to expounding on Weidman’s already formidable submission skills. The coaching staff have also brought in Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson to help ‘mimic’ Anderson in training.
5) Intangibles: It might just be Anderson’s time to lose, primarily because its becoming routine for him to defeat his Middleweight challengers. He sounded very blase in answering questions about this upcoming fight, and may be overlooking Weidman. It only takes a few seconds to lose a fight, and no man is without flaw. There are chinks in Anderson Silva’s armor, and Weidman is ready to strike. Is it Destiny? Is it Fate? Is it God’s Will? There may be no easy answer to explain why Chris Weidman won this fight after it happens.
If you’re drowning and I throw you a rope will you take it? Yes. If you get cut will you bleed? Yes. Will all five of the factors I listed above lead to the defeat of Anderson Silva and the victory of the new champion Chris Weidman? Yes.
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