"I'm not worried at all. I have a lot of respect for his jiu-jitsu, but if we go to the ground, I'm confident and excited to prove where I'm at with my jiu-jitsu. He's going to have a lot to worry about, too. If we go to the floor, I'm looking for submissions just like it's anybody else. I'm not the guy who's going to be starstruck. I believe in myself and I think I can go in there and submit him. There's definitely a risk, but I could fight Joe Schmoe tomorrow and lose. That's the way this sport is. So I'm not holding out to fight guys that aren't that good. I'd rather take my risk against guys that people think are real good. I'm excited about that. There's pressure that goes with every fight whether you're the favorite, underdog or there on short notice. The bottom line is I've got to go in there and eat him up on January 28th."
Undefeated middleweight wrestler Chris Weidman (via MMA Fighting) is brimming with confidence for his short-notice fight against five-time world jiu-jitsu champion Demian Maia at UFC on FOX 2 in just over a week (Jan. 28) at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The "All American" stepped up to replace Michael Bisping, who was promoted to a contendership bout opposite Chael Sonnen when Mark Munoz was felled with an undisclosed injury. That means a win over the grappling wizard in "The Windy City" could propel the "All-American" straight to the head of the class. But is he putting the belt before the waist? The oddsmakers have pegged him the favorite, but what about the fans? Let's hear some early predictions on this intriguing 185-pound match-up.