On paper, UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva is a favorite against essentially any opponent he’s put up against, and the same is absolutely true in the case of current contender Chris Weidman. In addition to beating the bulk of the best 185ers in MMA, Silva has 4X Weidman’s experience including 24 more victories.

However, Weidman doesn’t think the amount of time each has spent in the ring will have an affect on their UFC 162 headliner, telling MMAJunkie he’s always faced the toughest guys available in order to prepare himself for moments like his match-up with “The Spider”.

“People say I don't have that many fights, which is true, but I've never had an easy fight. Even when I was in Ring of Combat, we always wanted to get the best guys because I wanted to get that experience. Guys like Uriah Hall, who's coming up on 'The Ultimate Fighter,' I fought that guy in my third fight.”

“I put myself in a lot of risky positions fighting good guys. I could have fought 50 guys at this point and smoked every one of them, and it would be against nobodies, which a lot of guys do. But I always chose the toughest competition because I knew that was going to make me the best I could be.”

“This is a dream fight for me. Since I got into MMA, this is the guy wanted to fight and really prove I could beat. I finally have the opportunity to do that.”

“I got into this fight game for one reason: to be champion. I believe this is my time. The money is going to come when I'm champion. It's not going to come before. I'm not looking for a couple of extra grand. I'm looking to make Anderson Silva money. I want that belt. That's it. I know everything else comes with that.”


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