Drysdale: Weidman ‘a better version’ of Sonnen

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

 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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