Watching the fights. Weidman is a grappler first, striker second. Anderson is a striker first and only a defensive grappler. Weidman uses grappling as primary focus of his offensive game. Anderson does not. Weidman has been on the ground willingly with high level grapplers. Anderson avoids it at all cost. It's a big focus of his game because it's the strongest part of his game. Weidman being the high level wrestler he is will be in top position often. Anderson is better off his back then Weidman is off his back. But I'll take Weidman's offensive top game over Anderson's game off his back. Like I said before if you look at Weidman's fights and his past achievements in grappling he has the tools needed to put Anderson Silva on his back. From there I like his chances of getting the submission more then I like Anderson's off his back.
So who has Weidman subbed from top control that leads you to believe he can sub Anderson Silva? Tom Lawlor ( Blue belt ) ?
Meanwhile, Silva subbed Dan Henderson ( only been subbed by Big Nog and Silva ) and Chael Sonnen. You dismissed that win over Sonnen as nothing of note but who has subbed Sonnen in the last 5 years? Silva, Maia and Filho. Does that make him a poor grappler? No.
Anyway, Weidman lasted 15minutes on the ground with Maia, WOW!
Yes he won that fight on short notice, but Maia was training to fight Bisping, a completely different fighter from Weidman. Did Maia actually think Bisping would try to take him to the ground? No. We all know how much difference a gameplan makes.
You made me question whether I am Weidman's fan or not (ARGH). I believe he has huge potential and is a definite future champion, but saying he will sub Silva with such confidence is just bewildering to me.