UFC middleweight Chris Weidman may not be a favorite against champion Anderson Silva when it comes to odds-makers, but the unbeaten 28-year old certainly isn’t an underdog in the eyes of countless fans across the world. Weidman’s wrestling background coupled with his athleticism and technical proficiency have many labeling him as the man to end Silva’s impressive sixteen-fight winning streak in the Octagon.
Weidman recently spoke with the UFC where he acknowledged the hype behind Silva is well-deserved, though that doesn’t mean he expects to wilt under the spotlight when the two square off on July 6 at UFC 162.
“He makes you pay for any mistake you make. He’s opportunistic.”
“You make one mistake and he’s got you. He’s in there to win.”
“He’s a great champion for a reason but he knows I’m gonna be a bad match-up and I’m gonna be a tougher opponent than some people might understand. I’m a pressure based fighter. I’m gonna be walking forward. I’m gonna be using my length, mixing it up between my takedowns and my punches. I’m not gonna be going backwards too much.”
The full interview with Weidman can be seen below:
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