Frankie Edgar picks ‘whole package’ Chris Weidman to defeat Anderson Silva at UFC 162

Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Add Frankie Edgar to the growing list of UFC fighters who believe Chris Weidman will be the man to hand middleweight champion Anderson Silva his first loss inside the Octagon at UFC 162.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre recently gave his vote of confidence to Chris Weidman, who battles longtime middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Now, former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar is backing his fellow East Coast boy, as well.

During a UFC fan chat, "The Answer" was asked who he thought would prevail when "The All American and "The Spider" duel in "Sin City," and to no surprise, Edgar picked Weidman thanks to his "whole package," which includes solid stand-up and a great jiu-jitsu game.

His words:

"Gotta go with the East Coast boy, Weidman. He's the whole package. Anderson has fought good wrestlers, but Chris has got great jiu-jitsu and a solid stand-up game as well."

Sure, one can say "Rush" and Edgar are being biased, seeing as how they have connections to Weidman through the Renzo Gracie and Matt Serra relationship, but according to UFC President Dana White, they aren't the only ones leaning toward "The All American."

Even Ed Soares -- Silva's manager -- says Weidman can win. Of course, Anderson would have to be completely unprepared when he steps into the Octagon for that to occur.

But hey, anything can happen, right?

Are any of you surprised at the bevy of support Weidman is receiving in the lead-up to the much-anticipated Fourth of July weekend showdown?

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