Originally Posted by zath the champ
In regards to the Maia fight:
I am not meaning to hold it against him. Maia is an insanely gifted fighter and mad props to Weidman for stepping up.
Even in round 1 though, before Weidman started to fade, Maia connected relatively often. If that happens against Silva it will be a quick night.
He was also tagged by Sakara, Bongfeldt, and Lawlor. All solid competition, so this isn't meant to belittle Weidman's wins.
That said, I still think I'm being realistic with my initial conclusion.
On a side note:
How would you see a fight with Bisping going down? A quick technical striker with solid cardio and good TDD.
Bisping may not be a fan favorite in the states, but candidly, I think he would provide a great test for Weidman before he goes after Silva. Y/N?
I've stated before, and even mentioned this in a Youtube video, I think the best thing for Weidman is to spend time in Holland, working on his kickboxing. His striking is his weakest point but I do believe his grappling more than makes up for it, as a fan though I don't freak out over it, he hasn't been doing MMA long and world class striking isn' something you learn in a day, he'll get there.
He seems to have a good chin though, Bongfeldt kicked him right in the face and he recovered quickly.
As far as Bisping goes, I think your assessment of Weidman also holds true for Bisping as he too gets rocked in all of his fights. I don't believe Bisping has ever fought anyone who goes for submissions like Weidman does, I think Weidman would decision him though, that or sub him, Bisping has good TDD defense but I'd like to see him and Weidman fight, it'd be a real test for his ju-jitsu.
This, though is why I'm sold on Weidman being Anderson's biggest challenge. http://www.sherdog.com/blog/ADCC-200...n-Defeat-19979
Anderson is clearly the best fighter in the game, maybe of all time but if Weidman can do that three years ago, I think the chances of him taking Anderson down and keeping him there aren't as out of this world as some would have you believe. His grappling is absolutely phenomenal and I don't think many people are aware of just how scary he is on the mat.