UFC Middleweight #1 contender Chris Weidman is a significant underdog against champ Anderson Silva at UFC 162, according to the odds makers at least. Weidman's down by -220 to -330 per Best Fight Odds.
The pro fighters who have come out with picks for the fight have been a little more generous with Mr. Weidman's chances.
The challenger has gotten a boost to his confidence from the support of his fellow pros. Per MMA Junkie:
"I was kind of getting the feeling a lot of fighters were picking me. It's awesome that my peers see something in me that I could beat the greatest of all-time. I see it myself, but it gives me a little extra boost of confidence when other guys are seeing it too.
"Most of them are not even in the gym with me. They're just going based off my fights. I think the guys that are in the gym with me feel that even more."
"He's actually sparred Anderson Silva before," Weidman said. "He was able to emulate Anderson the best. He's a little smaller than me, but for the standup, he helped me get used to the quickness. He's been doing standup since he was like 4 years old, so he's so relaxed in there, similar to Anderson. That was a big help, too."