Heading into UFC 162, plenty of people have relayed their contention that Chris Weidman’s wrestling and grappling skills could be too much for middleweight great Anderson Silva. In fact, just recently, jiu-jitsu star Roger Gracie said that Weidman’s ground game is so deadly, he can “tap anyone, even me” (although it should be noted Gracie also said he’d put his hard earned cash down on Silva).
Now, no one’s been suggesting that Silva’s a slouch on the mat, as his submission skills have been vividly demonstrated numerous times in the Octagon, but the argument is that Weidman’s top game could rule the day. Well, according to Andre Galvao, who has been helping Silva prepare for the undefeated middleweight, “The Spider” will do just fine if he’s taken to the mat. The highly decorated grappler, and that could be understating it, said recently (quote via Gracie Mag.com):
“Chris is a strong man and a good wrestler, and he likes doing the hand triangle by passing guard to the right side,” Galvao told Combate.com. “I don’t think he’s going to surprise Anderson on the ground. Unless something unexpected happens, like a hand getting through, because a fight’s a fight … But what we’re telling Anderson to do is be calm, for I believe Weidman doesn’t have much up his sleeve to try and take the belt. I think his only resource is the ground, but the rounds are five minutes long, which is not a lot of time to exert one’s technique over Anderson, who is himself a Jiu-Jitsu black-belt.”
It seems like Silva has allocated extra time to his ground game for this camp, which is probably wise, but often his jiu-jitsu does get overlooked because of his obscenely good striking skills. What a great fight to break down.
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