UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman had nothing but praise for his opponent tonight, Lyoto Machida, during an interview on “UFC Tonight” earlier this week.
Following a pair of 2013 victories over Anderson Silva, many wondered what would be next for Weidman – and could they even present a challenge if “The Spider” couldn’t. In Machida, a former light heavyweight champion, Weidman knows he has a tough out on his hands.
“I think Machida is the toughest test for me in the division. Tougher than Anderson – Anderson has a mental edge on most his opponents,” Weidman said. “Machida is more well-rounded, has better wrestling, and he’s more elusive. He’s not afraid to win a boring decision. I have to maintain my patience, but stay aggressive.”
With two second round wins over Silva to his credit, and a handful of others during his brief UFC career, Weidman wants nothing more than to finish off “The Dragon” and leave no doubt who is the king at 185 pounds.
“I got a full training camp and I will finish the fight,” Weidman said. “I’m going to mix it up. It’s all about deception. It’s a physical game of chess.
“I expect to hit him and he’ll still be there. I always expect tog o through tough times in a fight, but hope for the best.”