Arguably the most anticipated bout in UFC history is around six weeks away, as the legendary Anderson Silva will attempt to reclaim the middleweight championship from Chris Weidman on December 28th. Not only is it a huge fight because of each fighter’s awe inspiring skills, but because if Silva loses again, any questions regarding who is the planet’s top middleweight will be resolved. That’s a question that until July 6th earlier this year, not too many people were asking.
Recently Renzo Gracie appeared on “The MMA Hour” and the renowned jiu-jitsu coach was asked to weigh in on the UFC 168 headliner. Now considering Gracie has coached Weidman extensively, it’s not surprising to hear that he’s going with his student, but his explanation why was pretty interesting (comments via MMA Fighting.com):
“He will submit him,” Gracie said. “I do believe he’s going to submit him, yes. He’s getting better every day. If Anderson doesn’t improve his ground game, he will be in trouble this time.”
“I like Anderson a lot, he’s an unbelievable champion,” he said. “It’s going to be a tough fight, but Weidman is the one for that task. If Anderson is not that careful, (Weidman) is going to take Anderson down and submit him.”
Of course, prior to Silva-Weidman I, plenty of people believed that the latter’s wrestling and top game would present “The Spider” difficulties. Due to the fact Silva is a BJJ black belt under the Nogueira’s, however, others didn’t see a submission win for Weidman materializing. Since “The All American” is a ridiculously talented wrestler, chances are we’ll see how Silva performs off of his back, as we did at UFC 162.
If you haven’t looked into, the betting lines have Silva as a favourite in the -220 to -250 range heading into the rematch.
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