The July 6th, UFC 162 card is just around the corner, and discussion continues to build as to whether Chris Weidman has what it takes to end the long and historic reign of middleweight champ Anderson Silva. Considering that several months ago critics (and certain members of Silva’s camp) argued that Weidman isn’t experienced or established enough to warrant a title shot, it seems like plenty of folks expect him to at least give Silva a stiff challenge. Since Weidman’s an All-American collegiate wrestler, BJJ brown belt, and a pretty decent striker, that seems like a fair assessment.
A decorated wrestler that knows a thing or two about this cage fighting stuff is Dan Henderson, who also faced Silva in 2008 and lost by second round submission. In a recent interview with Rick J Lee, this is what the 42 year-old legend had to say while discussing the Weidman-Silva tilt.
“I really haven’t seen much of Chris Weidman; I know he’s very well rounded and tough, just a tough dude on his feet and you know, a wrestler as well, so I think he’s capable of putting Anderson on his back and also striking with him. But he hasn’t been tested very well with his chin, and Anderson definitely will test it. He’s very accurate with his striking.”
And that’s a great point. While Weidman probably will be able to take Silva down, will he be able to keep him there long enough, so that Silva won’t be able to “test” his chin (or solar plexus) at some point? Henderson also said he would put money down on Silva to win the fight, but only because he hasn’t seen enough of Weidman at this point. July 6th is going to be intense.
UFC 162 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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