Originally Posted by TheLyotoLegion
Explain to me why you buy into a guy like Erick Silva, who out of his 3 victories in the UFC, only one is still employed and he might very well be on his way out after his last fight, yet you don't buy into guys in Weidman and Gustaffsson.
Erick's a good fighter and so are Weidman and Gus, but you say things like "Weidman hasn't shown me anything" maybe it's just differing opinions but I can't honestly understand why people look at Weidman the way they do.
He's a guy whose fought through adversity(grueling weight cut against Maia) and has been flawless throughout the rest of his career. Could he beat Anderson? Not sure, but I get the impression people here either don't watch him fight or they just refuse to believe the hype, I'm sure a similar thing happened with Jones back when he was on the rise but I don't really understand why people can buy into someone liike Silva but not into Weidman or Gus.
Like I said in this thread, Fitch/Silva will tell us a lot about Erick and his potential, if the ref's the only thing saving him from getting wrestle ****ed by Fitch, then I might write him off as the "guy" to beat GSP and I'm not quite sure how I'd feel about a fight with Rory and Erick.
With Weidman, I feel like he could already go in there and put up a decent fight/beat Anderson.
If anyone is over-hyped, out of the Weidman/Silva/Gus class, imo it's Erick but he could change all of that with a victory next week.
I didn't "buy" into the Erick Silva hype, and pretty much the reason for my post is for people to stop placing him so highly up the ladder.
As for Weidman, why is he up so high? It makes no sense to me.
Sakara = 7-7 in the UFC and has lost to loads of nobodies.
Bongfeldt = No longer in the UFC.
Lawlor = 5-4 in UFC with loses to low tier fighters.
Maia = Strong opponent, but Weidman looked terrible.
Munoz = Overrated opponent who looked terrible, but a legit win.
In my books, Weidman has only looked good against a decent opponent once, and the words "decent opponent" are being used loosley when I refer to Munoz. If he was to beat Sonnen, Bisping, Belfort, hell even a low enough level guy like Okami, then fair enough, but with only one legit win I dont see why he's this "Amazing title contender who has the best chance ever of beating Anderson Silva". I see Anderson finishing him without too much trouble and everyone saying "Well Weidman was overrated anyways...".