I don't even know why the Maia fight keeps getting brought up.
Weidman took that fight on 11 days notice and cut 32 lbs for it, not exactly the display of his talent.
I don't count that fight against him at all. I know what he had to deal with. But Maia wasn't himself as well. Also, Maia has easily moved down to 170 while Weidman might be the biggest current MW out there.
I am more interested in talking about the Munoz fight. He looked awesome vs. Munoz, but no one here thinks highly of Munoz unless it is a Weidman backer trying to justify how awesome a performance that was. It was awesome, but Munoz was a fat, short fighter with a bad haircut that fight. Munoz's wrestling hasn't been impressive in MMA at all. Munoz is a flat footed short brawler/wrestler. Munoz, other than Maia, really has very few even solid wins. He may have been ranked high because of a win streak, but he has never shown me a skillset that makes me believe he can be that top 5 guy.
I along with many others realize Weidman is a top 3 MW no doubt. No one is saying he isn't good. But Dana is promoting here...obviously.
Anderson backers could be wrong. Anderson is 38 years old and Weidman is said to be a can't miss prospect, with tools to be a dominant champ. So maybe this is the time the next generation fighter knocks off the old dog. Weidman has much more of a chance than Okami or Belfort did. But even if ANderson wins in round 1....the same people will claim reasons why the next guy up will beat Anderson...and so on.
9 fights or not, it is a quality title fight. I don't think you can use the Maia fight against Weidman...but at the same time I don't think you can you it for him either.