Weidman: I am younger, bigger than Anderson Silva, and can beat him
Undefeated middleweight contender Chris Weidman, 28, spoke recently with Sherdog Radio, and discussed getting passed over for a shot at UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Weidman had been scheduled to face Tim Boetsch at UFC 155 on Saturday, but withdrew due to injury.
“It’s a business and I understand what [Anderson Silva’s camp] is doing,” said Weidman. “So I don’t take it personal. It’s just, I put a lot of work in and my goal is to be champion, and I know I can beat Anderson Silva and I know I did enough work to get that fight. I know I’m a terrible, terrible match up for him. If I get my hands on Anderson Silva it’s game over. I’m not kidding. If I get on top of him like Chael Sonnen got on top of him, I really believe in myself, I’m really going to finish the fight.”
“I think I have the tools to beat him. I’m younger, I’m bigger than him, if not the same size, I have a longer reach, I know I have better wrestling and better jiu-jitsu. His stand-up is unbelievable, but I know I have the reaction time and the understanding of stand-up to where I’m not going to get knocked out from out of nowhere.”