Weidman: I can KO or submit Belfort
Chris Weidman's next challenge for his UFC middleweight championships is the always dangerous Vitor Belfort, who has been on a knockout tear through the middleweight division. Weidman isn't worried though and believes he has the ability to submit or knockout Belfort:
Sherdog.com: Can you discuss Belfort’s hand speed against your grappling, wrestling and jiu-jitsu, as well as your striking abilities — the latter of which were evident against Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva — and how that will mesh in the fight?
Weidman: I think that I’m a versatile individual, and I pretty much feel like I can do anything that I want to do in there. I can stand and bang and knock him out, or I feel as if I can take him down and submit him. Nothing’s going to come easily, and I always expect some resistance, but if someone had yelled out and told me that this is what I had to do, I am getting the job done, whether they told me to submit him or knock him out. I’m going to get it done.
Sherdog.com: Is this a dangerous fight or a potential career-ender for Belfort, who, due to his age, could be more vulnerable than ever?
Weidman: I’m not saying that I’m going to end his career. I don’t like to sort of dictate people’s lives. All that I know is that I’ve got to go out there on Dec. 6, and I’ve got to beat him. Whatever happens with him after that is up to him; but again, people have asked me that, like they did with my first fight with Anderson: ‘Do I want to retire him?’ Same thing with Machida. But my goal is not to do that at all. I don’t want to hurt people’s livelihoods. If they love what they’re doing, I want them to keep doing that.