This Saturday July 6, the UFC is live in Las Vegas for UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman. In the night's main event, Anderson Silva (33-4 MMA; 16-0 UFC) will defend his UFC Middleweight title against Chris Weidman (9-0 MMA; 5-0 UFC). This five round title fight wraps up the five fight UFC 162 PPV card. The UFC rankings have Weidman as the #1 contender to the belt. UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman airs live on PPV this Saturday July 6, with the main PPV card beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT.
The big story here is of course Silva's defense of the Middleweight title. This will be the first defense of that belt in nearly a year, and will be an astounding 11th title defense for The Spider. What at one time seemed like a somewhat ho-hum routine defense has really picked up lately. A lot of folks are now choosing Weidman for the upset. We'll see if he can pull off the miracle Saturday night.
How do these two stack up?
Silva: 38 years old | 6'2" | 77" reach
Weidman: 29 years old | 6'2" | 78" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
What else is there to say about Anderson Silva at this point? Coming into the UFC in 2006 with a modest 17-4 record, I don't think anyone anticipated just how dominant he would become. He's simply plowed through the UFC for years now, with only Chael Sonnen having pretty much any success against him. I don't think you can argue against him as the greatest fighter in the history of MMA at this point. Still, there's a growing feeling that the 38 year old fighter might be close to winding things down, and maybe this will finally be the time he falls.
Chris Weidman is a Serra-Longo trainee with good wrestling and jiu jitsu credentials. The undefeated Weidman has climbed the ranks at Middleweight, culminating in last year's impressive KO of Mark Munoz. He's been on the shelf for a year now, waiting for this fight, and now finally gets the opportunity. A big Middleweight, look for Weidman to use his wrestling a la Chael Sonnen to neutralize the Spider.
Why should you care?
Many fights ago, I made a firm promise to myself - I don't miss Anderson Silva fights. You shouldn't either.