Chris Weidman will step into the octagon for the biggest fight of his life on July 6th in Las Vegas. Standing across from him will be UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who is undefeated in 16 trips to the octagon and the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Weidman is confident that he can beat Silva though, and said in the above UFC.com interview that he believes Silva would be a fool if he takes him lightly:
"I've been dreaming about this fight with Anderson Silva since I started MMA. He makes you pay for any mistakes you make, he's opportunistic. Probably his biggest threat is his confidence, you make one mistake and he's got you. He's in there to win, and so am I. He's a great champion for a reason, but he knows I'm a really bad matchup and a tougher opponent than some people might understand.
I'm a pressure-based fighter. I'm going to be moving forward, using my length, mixing it up between my takedowns and my punches. I'm not going to be going backwards too much. He'd be a fool not to respect me as a fighter. On July 6th when we step in that cage, he's going to have respect for me."
In his own interview, Silva said yesterday that Weidman needs work on his striking. He certainly doesn't measure up to Silva's striking, but I think it's pretty decent overall. Will that, combined with his wrestling and BJJ acumen, be enough to topple the champion? July 6th can't come soon enough.