Men like Georges St. Pierre and Frankie Edgar are predicting Chris Weidman will take the middleweight belt from Anderson Silva at UFC 162, and Dana White says others are saying the same, but Tim Boetsch evidently isn’t one of them. While the powerful middleweight credits Weidman for his abilities, as the All-American wrestler has clearly lived up to the hype since arriving in the UFC, Boetsch recently told MMA Weekly.com:
“I’m happy for Chris that he got what he asked for, but I think he’s going to find out he should have taken a little more time to get there, a little more experience. It would be a surprise for me if he won.”
“I think Weidman has the tools to do it, but with the experience and Anderson just being the greatest fighter in the world, I think he’s going to hang onto that title for a little bit longer until I get there to take it away from him.”
Now that was nicely played by “The Barbarian” right? Offering his insights on the upcoming bout, but also throwing in his own self promotional jab for good measure? While on paper Weidman has a skillset that could present serious difficulties to Silva, there other things to consider, aside from the champ’s awe inspiring agility and striking arsenal. After all, Weidman has been tapped for a title shot with the sport’s greatest fighter, only nine fights into his career. How will he cope with the pressure of competing in a bout of such magnitude? How will he react if Silva stuns him early? Or stuffs a takedown?
Of course, Boetsch will take on Mark Munoz that same July 6th night, who is the man Weidman battered last summer to lock up a title shot. It will be very interesting to see how Boetsch does against Munoz, who hasn’t competed since the loss.
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