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?