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Inside Weidman's plan to unseat Silva

 Chris Weidman UFC 162 Pre-Fight Interview
Chris Weidman UFC 162 Pre-Fight Interview
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Let's face it: When UFC fans are requesting demanding an Anderson Silva superfight, it doesn't say much about the current middleweight roster. The sentiment is brutally clear, "Anderson, we're no longer even willing to watch your 185-lb. peers attempt to beat you." For Chris Weidman, that has to sting.

Despite The Spider's certifiable invincibility in the UFC—the man's on a 16-fight win streak—there's a tinge of uncertainty this time around. On paper, The All-American is like Silva's human kryptonite: He's recorded a staggering 4.47 takedowns per fight, demolishing the 1.93 average amongst middleweight fighters.

And if Anderson Silva has a weakness, it is clearly takedown defense, as demonstrated by Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 and 148. "[Weidman] has a better top game, at least submission-wise, than I do. And I was able to have some success with for several minutes with Anderson," admitted Sonnen on UFC Tonight.

Even worse for Silva: Weidman has proven striking skills both on his feet and on the ground. Just ask Mark Munoz, who was on the receiving end of one of the most perfectly timed elbows you'll ever see.

Ironically, Weidman says "confidence" is one of Silva's strengths going into UFC 162. If that's a winning ingredient, consider him equally equipped...

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