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Old 03-29-2013, 11:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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No New Contract For Weidman Til He Beats Silva

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Chris Weidman wants 'to put his money where his mouth is' at UFC 162 before signing new contract
By Chris Hall on Mar 28 2013, 11:23p @Chris81203 95

Weidman spoke to MMA Junkie Radio about his upcoming title fight with the 185 lb. king. He remains confident that he'll pull off the upset and is waiting until after UFC 162 before renegotiating his contract with the UFC.


UFC Middleweight Chris Weidman is set up for the biggest fight of his young career. After only 9 fights in his MMA career, he's scheduled to fight the division's king Anderson Silva t UFC 162 on July 6. Weidman earned his shot at the title with an overwhelmingly dominant victory over then top 5er Mark Munoz at UFC On Fuel TV 4.

If you were wondering if Weidman used his new status as title contender to ink a shiny new contract, he told MMA Junkie that now's not the time:

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"I think we're just going to keep the contract. I'm definitely OK with making what I was making. I think I was making $24,000 (to show) and $24,000 (as a win bonus). I want to do that because then after I beat Anderson like I plan on doing, then obviously the contract will jump up more than if I was to rip up the contract now. I'm ready to put all my eggs in one basket and put my money where my mouth is."
Chris also had a message for anyone thinking he's getting cocky by proclaiming himself the man to dethrone The Spider:

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"When people hear that, it's almost like I'm talking smack," Weidman said. "But I'm just confident, and I really believe I can win the fight. I think it's a fight that people want to see.

"This is a dream fight for me. Since I got into MMA, this is the guy wanted to fight and really prove I could beat. I finally have the opportunity to do that."
Weidman definitely has his hands full trying to pull the upset in July. Silva is undefeated since debuting in the UFC all the way back in June 2006. He's had 11 title defenses since taking the belt from Rich Franklin in his second fight with the promotion. On top of that he holds 1st round KO victories over a trio of Light Heavyweights, including former champion Forrest Griffin.

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Old 03-29-2013, 12:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is really interesting this, should be Anderson's toughest test to date. Weidman has wrestling skills close to the level of Chael Sonnen but the difference is if Weidman can take Anderson down at will he can generate much more damage than Sonnen did.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If he beats Anderson I will respect him.

If he loses foolishly like most everyone else, I will laugh. Then I will proceed to mock him for a while.

This is the Chael Syndrome. People think this is how you have to play the game these days. Sonnen was "confident" and didn't back it up.

Weidman is putting extra pressure on himself. He better deliver.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah, you're right... he should just go in there without confidence. That worked wonders for Maia and Leites.

I don't see why Chris gets so much flak for essentially saying, 'I'm going to beat Anderson'. He hasn't reached anywhere near the level of Chael's smack talk.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If he beats Anderson I will respect him.

If he loses foolishly like most everyone else, I will laugh. Then I will proceed to mock him for a while.

This is the Chael Syndrome. People think this is how you have to play the game these days. Sonnen was "confident" and didn't back it up.

Weidman is putting extra pressure on himself. He better deliver.
But it's probably the smartest thing he can do. After the Silva fight he would get a higher paid contract anyways, regardless of win or loss. It's no shame to lose to Anderson Silva, but at least he was in a title fight. If he wins his stocks would raise a lot and he would get much more. But if he signed a contract before the fight and won, he would be stuck with the contractual pay for the next 4 or 6 fights. So it's probably rather a win/win situation to wait until after the fight to sign a new contract.
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Glad he is confident. The last thing we want to see is someone just trying to survive against Silva (againx3). Really doesn't matter, though. Silva will finish this fight in the second round.
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Literally putting his money where his mouth is. I like it.
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I love Weidman, the guy was a huge prospect and then rocketed through the 185lb division. If he can outwrestle Phil Davis in a pure grappling match I think he can take down Anderson Silva once per round. That elbow he threw on Munoz looked incredible.


The guy is a real prodigy and always has been, I'm sure the Chris we see vs. Silva will be way better than last time too.
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Literally putting his money where his mouth is. I like it.
Literally doing that would mean he wouldn't take a salary if he lost.

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