Chris Weidman: 'Anderson Silva would be a fool not to respect me as a fighter'

They say that respect is earned, not given. The same can be said for championships. Will Chris Weidman earn one -- or both -- when he fights Anderson Silva at UFC 162 on July 6 in Las Vegas?

"I've been dreaming about this fight with Anderson Silva since I started MMA. He makes you pay for any mistakes you make, he's opportunistic. Probably his biggest threat is his confidence, you make one mistake and he's got you. He's in there to win -- and so am I. He's a great champion for a reason, but he knows I'm a really bad match-up and a tougher opponent than some people might understand. I'm a pressure-based fighter. I'm going to be moving forward, using my length, mixing it up between my takedowns and my punches. I'm not gonna be going backwards too much. He'd be a fool not to respect me as a fighter. On July 6, when we step in that cage, he's gonna have respect for me."

On July 6, 2013, the dream will finally come true for undefeated Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight number one contender, Chris Weidman, who challenges longtime division kingpin Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 162: "Silva vs. Weidman," which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The "All American" claims he's a "stylistic nightmare" for the Brazilian kingpin and it looks like most of his colleagues agree. But is this a case of a runaway bandwagon? Or does Weidman really have the chops to defeat the greatest mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter who ever lived? The clock is ticking on Silva's storied career, despite this monster contract, but whether respect is dished out in "Sin City" -- or just another "Spider" bite -- remains to be seen.

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