Can top contender Chris Weidman truly emulate Chael Sonnen’s tactics, while changing the outcome Sonnen received against Anderson Silva? “The All-American” sure thinks so.

With UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman around the corner (July 6), it’s a perfect time as any for the NY native to vocalize why we should believe he is the man to stop potentially the greatest mixed martial artist of all time. With division I wrestling credentials and quick, devastating knockout power (which Sonnen did not posses), it is very plausible we can in fact see a new middleweight champion crowned in Vegas this summer.

“I’ve seen what Chael has done to him,” said Weidman. “I’ve seen his weaknesses, and I think I can expose him again and look for a finish or a good performance. You’ve just got be confident. You can say anything you want before the fight, but it’s all about when you touch those gloves, do you still have the confidence? I’m going to make sure I do.”

“I think the best thing that Anderson Silva does is mentally destroy people before they even get in the cage with him,” he said. “And then once you get in the cage with him, he does a great job of making you feel like, ‘You do not belong in the cage with me. You’re terrible. I’m the man. You’re going to find a way out of this fight.’ I think the biggest thing is that I’m very confident. I know my skill set.”“On paper, I’m a nightmare matchup for Anderson,” Weidman said. “On paper you can’t deny it. I definitely have better wrestling, and I believe I’ve proven I have better jiu-jitsu. I think I have the cardio and the athleticism. I think there’s a lot of stuff that’s siding with me in this fight.” – Via MMA Junkie

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