28-year old middleweight Chris Weidman is currently riding on a wave of confidence based on his success as an amateur wrestler combined with a 9-0 record thus far in MMA including recent wins over Demian Maia and Mark Munoz. Seen by many as the UFC’s top contender at 185 pounds, Weidman has been actively lobbying for a fight with champion Anderson Silva for the past few weeks though unsuccessful thus far in his attempts to bait the divisional king into a bout.
Weidman recently sweetened the pot for Silva at a Q&A session with fans in Denver for UFC 150 where he not only said he would finish “The Spider” but was willing do to so in front of the Brazilian’s countrymen if need be.
“I truly believe I can beat him. I wouldn’t be asking for this fight if I didn’t believe it. I don’t only believe I can beat him, I believe I can go out there and finish him. It’s going to be awesome to beat Anderson Silva,” beamed Weidman, adding on the possibility of a match-up in Brazil, “I wouldn’t shy away from that. For me to get a ‘W’ over him in Brazil? Imagine that. I’m looking to take the biggest challenge possible.”
Silva fought in July and is believed to be sitting out until 2013 in hopes of possibly being paired with welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in a long awaited “super-fight” between the two pound-for-pound greats. His camp has also come out to say Weidman isn’t a big enough star to merit Silva’s attention in the Octagon regardless of his recent accomplishments in the ring.
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