Originally Posted by ClydebankBlitz
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...".
I respect that opinion but outside of Maia, Weidman didn't have a single problem with any of those guys, and honestly, you give me Weidman with a full camp, I don't have any doubt he'd have lit Maia up that night. He completely man handled all of them and has showed some serious grappling along the way which is I guess you could say is the "weakest" part of Anderson's game, which is what makes him an interesting opponent, imo.
I'd be up for a GSP/Silva fight in 2013, provided they both win, but I'll have to see how he can do against Fitch before I fully jump on that train.