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Chris Weidman keeps banging the Anderson Silva drum

Chris Weidman beat the snot out of Mark Munoz on last week’s FUEL card and has been trying to parlay that performance into a title shot with Anderson Silva. Unfortunately for him, very few people saw that beatdown so now he’s stopped letting his fists do the talking:

“Every single time I’ve had a full training camp, I’ve finished the fight. This is the first one that got out of the first round. I’ve beaten two top-five guys in a row. And I think I’m a stylistic nightmare for Anderson Silva. A lot of these guys, I see them go on record basically saying ‘I’d just love a shot at Anderson Silva to see how I’d do.’ I’m not in here to just to able to share the cage with Anderson Silva. That’s not my goal at all, I’d be far from content with that. I’m going in there to beat Anderson Silva. And to finish Anderson Silva. Im not just saying that out of the side of my mouth. I’m being completely truthful. If I get a fight with Anderson Silva, I am going in there to finish him, and if I were just to win against Anderson Silva, I wouldn’t even be satisfied, I need to go in there and finish him. That’s the truth. I might be out of my mind, but, I really believe that.”

Good on you, Weidman. That’s some confident sounding hype you’re bringing to the table. In a middleweight division where the question isn’t so much who can beat Anderson but who can give him the biggest challenge, that goes a long way. Not so long that he’ll actually get a title shot out of it, but it certainly moves him to the head of the pack. Where no one was talking about Weidman a few weeks ago, now he’s got other top contenders knocking on his door. Like Vitor Belfort:

“(Chris) Weidman, or the winner of the Cuban vs. (Tim) Boetsch. I’m waiting for my confirmation on the Rio card, see who’s gonna be my opponent. Nobody send me anything yet. I believe I’ll get an answer on that next week. Muñoz has no guard, he’s not a jiu-jitsu fighter. That’s a wrestler vs. wrestler match-up, who got to the top position would win. He was tagged, that’s it. I don’t care what [Weidman’s] gonna do. I know what I’m gonna do: Go for the knockout or the submission.”

The nice thing about this fight is it sets up a clear contender for Anderson’s next defense. Vitor was already being promised another shot at Silva before he had to pull out of his TUF fight with Wanderlei Silva. And if Weidman beats Belfort, he’ll have a nice win over a legit opponent on a card with some actual visibility. That should be good enough for the UFC and the fans. But will it be good enough for Anderson?

  • TheFecalFilanthropist

    So wait!

    Are you implying that Wiedman is actually seeking out something challenging?

    Because shmilva sure as shit aint.

    “Not so long that he’ll actually get a title shot out of it,…”

    Oh indeed.

    Because flamderson/belfort ever made any sense in the first place.

    UFC let Hendo walk away to finally achieve that 35 seconds.

    And was that flamdersons only fight that year?

    zuffa has been propping up and softballing shmilva for 4-5 years.

    Unfortunately for the sport (but fortunate for zuffa’s wallets) 13 year old TUF noobs are stupid enough to confuse that with greatness.

  • Monstrosity

    are you serious?  he beat everyone in the weight class.  how is that being softballing him?  who did zuffa have anderson duck?  

  • kvelertak at work

    Give me a break. Guy looked good, but he also beat up on a guy coming off a big surgery who looked flabby.

    Silva would piss down his neck stub.

  • noiseless

    yawn

  • Márcio

    Whatever dude, you’re still a couple fights away from a title shot. No one knows who you are, no one cares.

  • frickshun

    Kverdalix–>WTF are you going on about? Almost every fighter is coming off some surgery during their career. If they lose, do we discredit every opponents win??

    Give Wheaties the shot. Doesn’t matter what he says, only that NOBODY is more deserving. Does anyone remember when Andy came into the UFC? Nobody gave a shit & nobody expected “greatness.” Now we have greatness. If you don’t give up & comers a shot, they’ll forever be up & comers til they turn into “gatekeepers.”

  • theworldsoldestsport

    anderson got a title shot after one fight in the ufc.

    why not weidman? he was about as exciting beating maia as anderson was.

  • frickshun

    ^^He also cut 32 lbs in less than 2 wks for that fight & has been on people’s radar long before he got to the UFC.

  • frickshun

    Also, he’s from lawng eye-land.

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