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 Brazilian’s unbeaten mark inside the Octagon. However, Weidman’s words seem to have more weight considering the upside he’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.

“I 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 wasn’t like I saw the Chael Sonnen fight and said, ”˜Oh, my God! Look! I can beat him!’ It was way before that.”

“On paper I think I have him beat in more areas than he has me beat. I don’t think he’s ever fought a guy who has him beat in as many areas as I do. I’m young. I’m hungry. I don’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 it’s not going to be an easy fight.”


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