My jiu-jitsu is better than yours.
At least that's what Chris Weidman believes when it comes to a potential fight against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. Weidman, who holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), may have earned himself a crack at dethroning "The Spider" last night (July 11, 2012) when he blitzed through top contender Mark Munoz in the very first round at UFC on FUEL TV 4: 'Munoz vs. Weidman' from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
Not only did Weidman have his coming out party, he had the entire mixed martial arts (MMA) world buzzing by making Munoz, who many believed would get the next title shot at 185-pounds, look like an amateur, controlling the NCAA Division-1 Champion on the ground and dominating him on the feet. That includes a perfectly placed elbow right on the dome that rocked "The Filipino Wrecking Machine" and ultimately led to the victory for Weidman.
Now, after defeating arguably the number one contender to face Silva, Weidman believes the title shot should go to him. On top of that, the "All American" believes that not only will he be the one to end the longest championship reign in UFC history, but he may also submit Anderson in the process.
He said as much on the "UFC Post fight Show on Fuel TV," after the jump.
"Anderson Silva, I am a good match up for him; I think I could take him down and submit him. Every time I have had a full training camp, I have finished my opponent. Give me a full training camp against Anderson Silva and I am confident I will not just get the 'W,' but get the finish on one of the best fighters of all time."
Saying it is one thing, doing it to the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, who holds a BJJ black belt under the Nogueira brothers, is another. It's important to note, of his nine victories in his rather young MMA career, Weidman has only three submission victories to his credit, while Silva has only been submitted twice in his 15-year long career.
But then again, those measly little numbers can be tossed out the window once you step inside the Octagon.
Nevertheless, the confidence is high in Weidman and he definitely made a strong case for himself to get the next crack at the title. UFC officials will likely wait for the outcome of the middleweight clash between newly acquired Hector Lombard and Tim Boetsch at UFC 149 on July 21 before making any hasty decisions as to who deserves to face "The Spider" next.
What's your say Maniacs, does Weidman have a chance to make it an entertaining fight and actually get the "W" against Anderson, should he be next up for whom many consider the greatest MMA fighter of all time? Or will Chris simply be another notch on Silva's belt?
Does "All American" even deserve a shot at the title?