UFC middleweight Chris Weidman is the latest in a long line of competitors to express confidence entering an effort against champion Anderson Silva despite the Brazilianâ€™s unbeaten mark inside the Octagon. However, Weidmanâ€™s words seem to have more weight considering the upside heâ€™s shown in his young career and background as an accomplished amateur wrestler.
Weidman elaborated on his mindset entering their UFC 162 showdown in a recent conversation with MMAWeekly, saying his self-belief stemmed from a realization he had years ago before he was even in the UFC.
â€œI always thought I had better wrestling. I thought I had the length and athleticism to be aware on the feet to when I could strike for my takedowns and look to punch. And when I hit the ground, I always felt confident in my jiu-jitsu. So it wasnâ€™t like I saw the Chael Sonnen fight and said, â€˜Oh, my God! Look! I can beat him!â€™ It was way before that.â€
â€œOn paper I think I have him beat in more areas than he has me beat. I donâ€™t think heâ€™s ever fought a guy who has him beat in as many areas as I do. Iâ€™m young. Iâ€™m hungry. I donâ€™t have the biggest name, so people are going to expect him to beat me. I think he knows being a smart guy and being around the MMA game that itâ€™s not going to be an easy fight.â€
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