Originally Posted by optimusjoel
I'm curious to where some of this is coming from, such as "Munoz only a year ago was the big bad wrestler that was going to terrorize Anderson Silva". Never heard anyone say that, but I really never heard anyone think that Munoz wasn't good until Weidman title talk came up. Hopefully you can see where I'm going with that one.
Munoz has been dismissed by people who don't want to see Anderson face Chris as overrated. He's been criticized by soares, Bisping, and a bunch of clowns on the internet. All of those opinions are ridiculously biased, and none of them matter, unless you're dumb enough to believe them.
Originally Posted by AnchorPunch
If he's fading, it's due to inactivity. He hasn't fought since that fight.
Inactivity + a dedicated campaign to remove Weidman from contention by slandering a great win. It's a perfect storm of bullshit that nobody smart will get caught out in.
Back to the point 'Joel made about 'lazer being mistaken:
It doesn't matter how long you've been watching MMA, if you assume that Munoz is done after one fight, if you assume that Weidman will fade into obscurity simply because he loses to Anderson, you really don't know what you're talking about.
The longevity of your interest, the size of your DVD collection, the amount of time you spend in the gym does not always equate to understanding a goddamn thing.
Weidman is a kid. Anderson will probably beat him if they fight this year: I'd take Anderson 7 out of 10 times. But Weidman has an enormously bright future, and if he continues to apply himself and improve at the current pace he's set, he's going nowhere near obscurity. A brush with fame could cause him to flake mentally/emotionally, sure; but that's a long shot, and one that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with a potential loss to Anderson.
I think one of the best things you can say about Chris and his potential is to point out the fact that Anderson himself has said he doesn't want to fight him. Not soares, not one of the other braindeads on Anderson's staff, but the champion himself.