UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva hasn’t been legitimately beaten in more than eight years and has only come close to losing a single time since signing with the UFC in 2006. Both feats are certainly impressive with the latter also involving an all-time record for performance in the Octagon.
The latest opponent to try and solve Silva’s riddle in the ring is unbeaten up-and-comer Chris Weidman. Though Weidman doesn’t have a ton of experience, he has shown tremendous potential in the past on top of an already-polished wrestling base. And, to hear him talk about the upcoming tilt, he has the type of confidence necessary to knock Silva off the top of the 185-pound mountain.
“You have to treat him like just another opponent. You respect what he’s done in this sport. Of course you do. But you can’t get caught up in it,” said Weidman in a recent interview with Yahoo Sports. “Guess what? He’s a person just like I am; he’s got two arms, two legs, two eyes, like I do. I’m not fighting a superhero, I’m fighting another person, and it’s my job to defeat him. Simple as that.”
“I can’t change anyone’s mind. And that’s not my job, anyway,” he added on the topic of being an underdog. “I feel like I have the right mix of skills, the desire, and the determination to get the job done. The UFC thinks enough of me to give me the title-shot. To those who might think I don’t deserve this yet, all I can say is, tune in on July 6 and I’ll show you otherwise.”
Weidman (9-0) and Silva (33-4) are scheduled to serve as the main event at UFC 162. The bout will be the first for Weidman since suffering a handful of injuries in the wake of his win over Mark Munoz last summer. Meanwhile, Silva will be aiming for his eleventh consecutive defense of the divisional belt.