As the march continues on towards UFC 168 and Chris Weidman-Anderson Silva II, so does the debate as to who’s going to win the rematch. Of course, there’s the pro Weidman camp who still believe the middleweight champ’s wrestling and top game will win out, while others believe “The Spider’s” diverse and deadly attacks will avenge his loss (providing there’s less antics of course). Everyone seems to agree, however, that they don’t want to miss it.

In a recent interview with, PRIDE veteran and former Blackzilians coach Mario Sperry was asked for his thoughts on Weidman-Silva II, and the 46 year-old said his:

“It will once again be a tough fight for Anderson due to the abilities of Weidman. The first fight was not easy, and the second will not be. Weidman will come even more prepared.”

That’s definitely an opinion that many others share. Then Sperry offered this interesting take on “Jacare” Souza’s chances against Weidman, who has been training alongside Sperry at the X-Gym in Rio de Janeiro.

“Comparisons are complicated, but I think their styles match. What does Weidman do best? Takedowns. What Jacare do best? Jiu – jitsu. So that’s why I think Jacare would be more complicated. Against Jacare, Weidman would be insecure, unsure if the fight would unfold standing or on the ground. Against Anderson, he can expect to fight standing. And this unpredictability makes, for me, Jacare more dangerous for Weidman. Also, I´m really impressed the way Jacaré is developing his MMA game. I see him training here every day. His ground game is amazing. He has dangerous weapons standing up, his cardio is absolutely impressive and his heart is scary. I see him with all the tools to be a champion.”

There’s no question that “Jacare” is one of the more decorated BJJ competitors to transition into MMA to date, and not only that, he’s a Judo black belt with serious stopping power. So, few would argue he isn’t a serious contender in the UFC middleweight division (who has also expressed an interest in fighting at 205). If Weidman defeats Silva on December 28th, he could end up facing “Jacare” not too far down the line.

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