By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Chris Weidman has made it clear that he is the man to dethrone Anderson Silva, and although it took some time before the UFC brass agreed and granted him a shot at the UFC Middleweight title, Weidman looks to take advantage of the situation when he steps in the cage with one of the greatest of all time in July.
He spoke about why he feels he'll win the fight this week in an interview with MMAJunkie.com:
“I've seen what Chael has done to him,” Weidman said. “I've seen his weaknesses, and I think I can expose him again and look for a finish or a good performance. You've just got be confident. You can say anything you want before the fight, but it's all about when you touch those gloves, do you still have the confidence? I'm going to make sure I do.”
“I think the best thing that Anderson Silva does is mentally destroy people before they even get in the cage with him,” he said. “And then once you get in the cage with him, he does a great job of making you feel like, 'You do not belong in the cage with me. You're terrible. I'm the man. You're going to find a way out of this fight.' I think the biggest thing is that I'm very confident. I know my skill set.”
“On paper, I'm a nightmare matchup for Anderson,” Weidman said. “On paper you can't deny it. I definitely have better wrestling, and I believe I've proven I have better jiu-jitsu. I think I have the cardio and the athleticism. I think there's a lot of stuff that's siding with me in this fight.”
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