UFC 162: Anderson Silva says Chris Weidman needs to work on his striking

In a UFC 162 pre-fight interview, UFC middleweight champion broke down the strengths and weaknesses of opponent Chris Weidman.

Anderson Silva isn't the middleweight champion in the UFC because he got lucky. He's 16-0 on the organization and has really only had one fight where he was in much trouble. He takes on top contender Chris Weidman on July 6th at UFC 162, and gave UFC.com a pre-fight interview where he broke down the strengths and weaknesses of his opponents game. What does Anderson think Weidman's weak point is? His striking:

"Weidman got good jiu-jitsu and great wrestling, but he needs work with his stand-up.

"Every fighter commits mistakes. I just have to look for the right opportunity to capitalize on his mistakes. Everyone has their strong points. Everyone has their weak points."

Weidman only has nine pro fights, but he has finished six of them and three of those six by KO/TKO (over the likes of Mark Munoz and pre-UFC Uriah Hall). He is a formidable challenge, but Silva's manager Ed Soares thinks that it's not exactly going to be easy for Weidman, even though fighters like Georges St. Pierre are picking him to win:

"Once the Octagon door closes and you've got Anderson Silva standing across the ring from you, it's not the same game anymore.

"If it was easy, he wouldn't have 16 consecutive wins in the UFC."

I personally think Weidman has a better chance than most, but Soares is right - Anderson Silva standing across from you is a pretty intimidating thing to deal with.


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