Chris Weidman is scheduled for the biggest test of his career, a title shot versus UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva this July. Weidman is a perfect 5-0 inside the cage and has rightfully earned his title shot. Most people are beat by Silva before even stepping in the cage, but Weidman is confident he has the skill set to dethrone the champion:
"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."
Weidman said that confidence is going to make all the difference for him. He believes Silva gets inside his opponents' heads before the fight even starts thanks to his mystique.
Weidman is determined to not let that happen to him.
"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."
And that skill set, Weidman said, is not just his wrestling – but his jiu-jitsu. Silva is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. But Weidman is trained by a black belt, himself – former UFC champion Matt Serra.
"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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