Drysdale: Weidman 'a better version' of Sonnen


 Although young in his career of mixed martial arts, Robert Drysdale is one of the most accomplished BJJ practitioners in the UFC. A recent addition to the UFC's middleweight division, Drysdale gave his insight into the July bout between champion Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman:

"I think that Weidman, to an extent, is is a better version of Chael Sonnen. I think he'll be smarter. I think he'll put more time into his jiu jitsu. I think he's a better wrestler, better striker. I think overall, he's a better version of Chael Sonnen. The one thing I think Chael Sonnen has on him is that he's very fast. I don't think Weidman can match his speed. Chael was closing that gap so fast you can tell that Silva wasn't used to it. That's why he was getting taken down all the time. On paper, Weidman might be a better wrestler than Chael, but I don't think he'll be as fast as Chael."

"It's an interesting fight," Drysdale continued. "I think if Weidman can get on top of Anderson, I think Anderson could be in trouble. I think if you really pressed me, I'd still put my money on Anderson, but I'd really like Weidman to win this fight. I met [Weidman] once, he's a super nice guy. I'm in his corner for this fight. I'd really like him to win. But again, Anderson Silva's no joke."

"You notice it as guys gets older that it gets harder and harder to change, but Anderson's one of those guys that he's still learning. You can tell that he's always getting better. I think that wrestling wise, I'm sure he's improved a ton. You never know what's going to happen. But Weidman's no joke, that's a tough fight for him and he knows it."

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KingofBJJ site profile image  

6/19/13 2:22 PM by KingofBJJ

He lost to Silva x2. But don't forget Maia, Filho and Horn x2.   Chael is not top by any sense of the word. He beat the people he should have beaten. Anyways, be ready to add Shogun to that list of his losses.

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6/19/13 7:16 AM by Bench

I think he just meant he'll be cheering for him as opposed to actually cornering him.

TenOfSwords site profile image  

6/19/13 7:01 AM by TenOfSwords

Middleweight? But isn't Drysdale making his UFC debut against recent heavyweight-turned-light heavyweight Ednaldo Oliveira?

ABE FROMAN site profile image  

6/19/13 6:59 AM by ABE FROMAN

On paper Chael is the better wrestler.

UGCTT_CloudStrife site profile image  

6/19/13 6:31 AM by UGCTT_CloudStrife

He meant rooting for him

ManWithTheIronFists site profile image  

6/19/13 6:25 AM by ManWithTheIronFists

Is he actually going to corner Weidman or did he mean he was just rooting for him?

Fudge Cake site profile image  

6/19/13 5:45 AM by Fudge Cake

He's going to corner Weidman for his fight against Anderson but publicly says he thinks Anderson will win...

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6/19/13 3:51 AM by McCorkledbyMartialArtsMixed


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6/19/13 3:37 AM by inf0

no version of cchael wins  

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6/19/13 3:06 AM by mijo