UFC 162 is two weeks away and the MMA world is waiting to see whether Chris “Al-American” Weidman will become the first man since NYE, 2004 to defeat middleweight king Anderson Silva (because really, does his DQ loss to Yushin Okami in 2006 count?). It’s going to be interesting to see how the card does PPV wise (if the info becomes available), as although some critics questioned how a fight between Weidman and Silva would draw, the narrative that the 29 year-old could possibly defeat the 38 year-old legend seems to be building. Sure, if Michael Bisping hadn’t lost to Vitor Belfort in January maybe Weidman wouldn’t be fighting Silva on July 6th, but that doesn’t change the fact he’s an All-American wrestler who has developed his MMA game considerably.
So with all that in mind, what does Dan Henderson think of Weidman’s chances? A man who is also an accomplished wrestler that fought (and lost) to Anderson Silva in 2008? While speaking to Rick J Lee, the 42 year-old marvel had this to say about Weidman, and his chances of ending Silva’s awe inspiring reign.
“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, so, and Anderson will definitely test it. He’s very accurate with his striking.”
Yes, there is no shortage of men who can testify to the precise and powerful striking tools of Silva, which is a key reason why he’s been the champ for so long. While Silva can be taken down, or briefly nullified against the Octagon fence, all he needs is a little bit of space and a moment or two to land a punishing punch, knee, or kick. If and when that happens, it will be interesting to see how Weidman takes it.
When asked who he’s got his money on in terms of the headliner, “Hendo” went with Silva, but stressed that’s because he hasn’t seen enough of Weidman. We’ll all see soon enough.
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