chris-weidman-10.jpgThere’s really no precedent for what Chris Weidman is about to try to do. Sort of.

Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) next week is tasked with trying to be the first fighter to take out Anderson Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) in the UFC. When the only blueprint for getting your hand raised against Silva for the past eight or so years is to hope he does something to get disqualified (see Yushin Okami, 2006), any fighter has a tall order.

Weidman challenges Silva for the middleweight title in the main event of UFC 162, which takes place July 6 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view after prelims on FX and Facebook.

But there is that little matter of Silva’s two fights against Chael Sonnen. In the first, at UFC 117 in August 2010, Sonnen dominated Silva through four rounds and into the fifth before finally being caught with an armbar and triangle choke. In their rematch a year ago next weekend in Vegas, Sonnen again found success right out of the gate, but was stopped with a second-round TKO.

Don’t think Weidman isn’t thinking about those two fights – while also realizing he might just have other tricks up his sleeve that Sonnen didn’t have.

“The obvious answer is the takedowns and trying to expose him with the wrestling,” Weidman said earlier this week during a media conference call for UFC 162. “But we’re totally different fighters. I believed I could beat him before that fight, but (Silva) stays relaxed and if you’re tense and he’s relaxed, eventually he’s going to be able to get off what he wants. So I think the main thing I learned from that is that I thought Chael was a little bit too uptight and tense when he got the takedown, and I think it paid off for Anderson to stay relaxed the entire fight because he was able to have the energy to knock that out in the fifth round. And all props to Anderson on that.”

The unbeaten Weidman will be fighting for the first time since a win in July 2012 against Mark Munoz – a vicious second-round TKO. That set up a fight against Tim Boetsch at UFC 155 in December. But a Weidman injury knocked him out of that fight. After Silva took a little downtime after a non-title fight against Stephan Bonnar in October, and superfights against Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones were discussed, once he was ready to get back in the cage to defend his title, Weidman was healthy and ready.

He was just hoping they were ready sooner – like after he blasted through Munoz. Weidman thought that would be enough. Instead, it wasn’t and he was booked for the Boetsch fight that never happened. But now, he said, that’s pretty much water under the bridge.

“After the (Munoz) fight, it was frustrating to hear that they weren’t interested in me,” he said. “But it is what it is. I guess when the UFC decided to make the fight happen, it happened. And, everything happens for a reason. God had a plan, and it worked out. I’m real excited for the fight, so I’m not really thinking back into the past and worrying about how frustrated I was. I kind of gave up on that, and then things worked out well – so I’m happy.”

Along with knowing his wrestling pedigree could pose Silva some problems the same way Sonnen was able to do, Weidman also has been preparing for one of the most legendary strikers in the sport’s history.

To do so, he brought in UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson to help emulate Silva’s unique style on the feet.

“We brought in a couple of different guys for the first time in my career,” Weidman said. “I’d say the main guy that did a great job emulating him with the standup as best he could was ‘Wonderboy.’ I’m kind of just getting used to quicker guys, even though he’s a little smaller. He has unorthodox striking and it was, definitely good preparation for this fight.”

But where Weidman might give himself the biggest advantage of all next Saturday is in the mental game. He believes most of Silva’s opponents have lost even before the octagon door closes.

That won’t be the case with him, even though he’ll be fighting, in essence, one of his heroes.

“I think he definitely obviously has a strong mental game,” Weidmand said. “I think a lot of the guys he kind of beats before they walk out there. … Guys go in there and some of them are unsure about themselves. So I think his performances kind of speak for themselves and kind of draw into the minds of the guys that are going to walk into the cage with him if you’re not mentally prepared and truly have confidence in yourself. So I think the main thing is to have confidence and the best guy is going to win. I’m not really going to let it mess with me at all.”

For more on UFC 162, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Daniel Cormier vs Anderson Silva Announced for UFC 200: Latest Details, Reaction

  • 22 days ago
  • 2705 views

Anderson Silva will replace Jon Jones at UFC 200 on Saturday and fight Daniel Cormier in a non-title bout. Brazil's Globo reported the news Thursday (via FloSports' Jeremy Botter). TMZ confirmed the read news >>

Daniel Cormier Will Fight Anderson Silva at UFC 200; Tate vs. Nunes to Headline

  • 22 days ago
  • 193 views

Daniel Cormier will remain on the UFC 200 fight card to fight Anderson Silva. The card has been shuffled, moving Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes to headlining status. read news >>

Watch the UFC Fight Night 90 Post-Fight Presser, Including Anderson Silva!

  • 22 days ago
  • 17 views

Watch as surprise guest Anderson Silva, and then several of the key UFC Fight Night 90 fighters, field questions from the media. read news >>

VIDEO: UFC Fight Night 90 Post-Fight Press Conference with Special Guest Anderson Silva

  • 22 days ago
  • 22 views

Watch as Anderson Silva crashes the party, and then several of the key UFC Fight Night 90 fighters, field questions from the media at the post-fight press conference. read news >>

VIDEO: Anderson Silva and Dana White Explain Making the Fight with Daniel Cormier

  • 21 days ago
  • 23 views

UFC president Dana White and Anderson Silva talk about how it came about that Silva is stepping in to fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 200. read news >>

Anderson Silva steps up to fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 200

  • 22 days ago
  • 61 views

After a earth-shattering last 24 hours, Daniel Cormier found an opponent for UFC 200: UFC legend Anderson "The Spider" Silva. Here's how it all came together and what Silva said about his fight. read news >>

Anderson Silva a Betting Underdog Against Daniel Cormier at UFC 200

  • 21 days ago
  • 24 views

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is a betting underdog going into his UFC 200 fight against Daniel Cormier. read news >>

Cormier vs. Silva: Weigh-In Info, Top Comments Before UFC 200

  • 20 days ago
  • 500 views

After the initial furore over Anderson Silva stepping in to face Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 following Jon Jones' removal from the card, it was time for the pair to weigh in ahead of their clash on Sat read news >>

UFC 200 Results: Daniel Cormier Grabs Unanimous Decision Over Anderson Silva

  • 20 days ago
  • 38 views

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier went the distance with Anderson Silva on Saturday, picking up a unanimous decision on the UFC 200 main card at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. read news >>

Daniel Cormier vs. Anderson Silva Results: Winner and Reaction from UFC 200

  • 20 days ago
  • 304 views

Daniel Cormier might have been robbed of his opportunity to test himself against Jon Jones, but he still beat a fighter with a case to be considered the greatest of all time at UFC 200. The light hea read news >>