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Forbes names UFC middleweight Chris Weidman a 'Sports Name You Need to Know'

Don't say they didn't warn you...


Sounds like someone at Forbes has been doing their homework.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight number one contender Chris Weidman was just named one of 20 "Sports Names You Need to Know" in 2013 by the online version of the American business magazine.

Here's why:

Weidman has only fought nine times in his MMA career, but he won all nine bouts, six of which by either knockout or submission. That success and a bit of self promotion have earned him a title shot against Anderson Silva, UFC's Middleweight Champion, at this summer's UFC 162. Weidman, a former D1 All-American wrestler at Hofstra, is the superior grappler and has a real chance at stealing the strap and becoming a major name. Even if Weidman fails to take down the champ, he's a dangerous fighter who promises to be in the mix for years to come.

Cue the haters in 3...2...1...

Weidman will challenge middleweight champion Anderson Silva for "The Spider's" 185-pound strap in the main event of the UFC 162 pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 6, 2013.

And if he wins?

Then you can come back to this post on July 7 and brag that you were already in the know -- or make your heartfelt apology for not jumping on the bandwagon when you had the chance.

For more on their upcoming UFC 162 main event click here.

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