Chris Weidman: ‘I Really Do Believe I Can Submit Anderson Silva’

July 12, 2012
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Anderson Silva at UFC 117Chris Weidman entered the HP Pavillion on Wednesday night with one goal in mind: to prove that he’s ahead of the rest of the pack.

At 8-0, the 28-year-old was sent into the lion’s den of the UFC’s middleweight division when he met Mark Munoz, but left unscathed.

Weidman outclassed Munoz on the ground in the first by securing an early takedown and pounding away from side control.  In the second round, Munoz was able to handle Weidman’s wrestling better and scrambled to his feet, but once on his feet Weidman landed a hard counter right elbow and finished Munoz with a flurry of right hands on the ground.

“I did believe I could come in here and dominate the fight,” Weidman said at the UFC on Fuel TV 4 post-fight press conference.

“A lot of people were asking me before the fight if I deserved the title, and I said, ‘I didn’t want to be one of those guys just calling out Anderson Silva.’ I mean, there’s six of those guys doing it right now and now I’m that guy too.  I said I want to make a statement in this fight and I want to make it blatantly obvious that I’m ahead of the pack.”

Many fans and pundits were picking Munoz over Weidman and thought that Munoz’s punching power was going to be the difference between the two standout wrestlers.  But after Weidman scored a second-round TKO over Munoz, the MMA world was stunned.

Even UFC president Dana White couldn’t believe his eyes after Weidman walked away from the Octagon with such a dominant performance.

“I’m as blown away as anybody,” White said on Fuel TV’s post-fight show.  “He looked incredible tonight.  Literally dominated Mark Munoz through the entire fight.”

The confidence of Weidman is sky high right now and at just 9-0, he enters the UFC middleweight title picture.

He knows that Anderson Silva is the most dominant UFC champion for a reason.  But come his crack at the title, the Team Serra-Longo protégé believes that he could follow Chael Sonnen’s blueprint, but then do what Sonnen couldn’t, and finish Silva via submission.

“I don’t want to be that guy who says it’ll be an easy fight after watching Chael do what he does because Anderson Silva’s been through 15 guys. All those 15 guys tried to take him down, hold him down, and try to submit him.

“Chael Sonnen is that good where he was able to get him down every single fight and hold him down and be good in that position.  So I’ll follow that blueprint.  I got the length with Anderson Silva too, so he’s not going to be able to play outside too much on me.  As soon as he comes in my takedowns are pretty good, I’ll get him down and I really do believe can submit him and finish him.”


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  • OMAHAK1LLA

    probably would! dudes a killer!munoz got killed

    • ifighterc

      this guy would get torched by Silva, he hardly got the better of Demeina Maia on the feet (Maia is one of the worst fighters at stand up)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000777980075 paulyjozseffrd

        Hey man.I’m a Spider fan,and it is well known if the Spider going to lose,it’ll be on the ground,not stand up!!!Al his losses are submissions or DQs.I was really disappointed with the Spider in the Sonnen 2 fight!As much as I hate Sonnen,I wanna to see Anderson beat him good and bad!But I didn’t like the way he fought,that wasn’t the Spider.The knee was questionable!!I looked up the rule Book of the Nevada State Athletic Commission of MMA.Now I know the knee itself hit the chest,but Andersons’ upper Thigh made contact with Sonnen’s head!”While an opponent down,it is illegal to make contact,above shoulder with any part of the leg.bellow the upper Thighs”So it’s very questionable!!!It’s very hard to say that for me,coz I cannot stand the big mouth,idiotic Sonnen,and the Spider is my second,ALL TIME Favorite MMA Fighter!He was also holding onto the cage!!!Also very disappointed with the Spider for letting,idiotic,Women beaters and Bullies like Steven Seagal,speaking for him in public!!!Anyways I still love the Spider and I think he will beat Weidman,and he will do it on the ground!!!He subbed great wrestlers and grapplers like:Hendo,Travis Lutter and of course Sonnen!I honestly believe he’s probably one of the best grappler(BJJ)in the UFC,technically.But he cannot generate much power on the ground,especially on his back,coz he’s so tall and long.That’s where Weidman has to take advantage,if he can!!!I believe that the only guy has a serious chance to beat Anderson,is Hector Lombard!We’ll see how he’ll do against,Big Tim”The Barbarian”?If Hector win Impressively he should fight Bisping for the nex chellenger against the winner of Anderson vs Weidman! Thanx and all the best Cheers!!!

        • ifighterc

          True I also believe Lombard us the only one that can defeat Silva mainly do to his speed and power but that is if he doesn’t get caught for ROIDS i mean look at the guy he’s a smaller Overeem

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000777980075 paulyjozseffrd

        Hey man.I’m a Spider fan,and it is well known if the Spider going to lose,it’ll be on the ground,not stand up!!!Al his losses are submissions or DQs.I was really disappointed with the Spider in the Sonnen 2 fight!As much as I hate Sonnen,I wanna to see Anderson beat him good and bad!But I didn’t like the way he fought,that wasn’t the Spider.The knee was questionable!!I looked up the rule Book of the Nevada State Athletic Commission of MMA.Now I know the knee itself hit the chest,but Andersons’ upper Thigh made contact with Sonnen’s head!”While an opponent down,it is illegal to make contact,above shoulder with any part of the leg.bellow the upper Thighs”So it’s very questionable!!!It’s very hard to say that for me,coz I cannot stand the big mouth,idiotic Sonnen,and the Spider is my second,ALL TIME Favorite MMA Fighter!He was also holding onto the cage!!!Also very disappointed with the Spider for letting,idiotic,Women beaters and Bullies like Steven Seagal,speaking for him in public!!!Anyways I still love the Spider and I think he will beat Weidman,and he will do it on the ground!!!He subbed great wrestlers and grapplers like:Hendo,Travis Lutter and of course Sonnen!I honestly believe he’s probably one of the best grappler(BJJ)in the UFC,technically.But he cannot generate much power on the ground,especially on his back,coz he’s so tall and long.That’s where Weidman has to take advantage,if he can!!!I believe that the only guy has a serious chance to beat Anderson,is Hector Lombard!We’ll see how he’ll do against,Big Tim”The Barbarian”?If Hector win Impressively he should fight Bisping for the nex challenger against the winner of Anderson vs Weidman! Thanx and all the best Cheers!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003311915309 georgesperry

    Wow! What an unexpected finish to the fight that was. I thought Munoz would win but he never even got going. This young man is the real deal.
    I thought the referee, was it Josh Rosenthal, was going to let Munoz get killed though. I don’t have a dvr so I am guessing here but I think Munoz took a half a dozen hard shots to the head while out cold.
    I know the refs don’t want to take a guy’s chance away from him but this fight was decided long before it was stopped.

    • adam1848

      at least 8 shots too many. worst non-stoppage ever. rosenthal should be suspended or fired. that wasn’t a split second error, it showed complete lack of judgement at a critical moment. like someone said, when a guy doesn’t use his arms to prevent his face from crashing into the floor, its a pretty good sign he’s out.

      all the respect in the world to weidman because he didn;t do anything wrong, but that finish was absolutely infuriating. i hope rosenthal is asked to explain himself.

      • MaritalArtist

        I wouldn’t say 8 shots too many, but at least 2-3 shots too many. The thing is, if Munoz wakes up early, he could scramble for a leg hold. Remember, many think this is the title eliminator fight, so the ref also has to consider that….. An early stoppage would have screwed munoz far worse than those non-full power punches on the ground. Still, I would’ve stopped it maybe 3 punches early.

      • macgrubber

        Why blame the ref. It was munoz that threw that horrible right hand and got omgktfo. The ref was just helping munoz learn not to throw wild ugly punches. He was teaching him a lesson and I believe it was a good one.

        • jonnypatrick

          Macgrubber, I realize you are being a smart ass but c’mon man!

    • rsnowbass

      Where was Rosenthal for the Sonnen vs Silva fight?

      Contradictions like this continue to have me losing interest in the UFC and sceptical of purchasing many other PPV events…

      Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still be following the sport.

      • http://www.facebook.com/thaiane.ivyen thaianeivyen

        U serious? U must hate sonnen because if the judge didnt stop the fight right there his face would get a good mash up in that fetal position he was rofl. Noobs dont onow wtf thwy are talking about. Go fight once in your life before opening that hole

        • rsnowbass

          To each their own tough guy.

        • rsnowbass

          U serious? If that were Anderson on the receiving end, you REALLY think it would have been stopped that fast?

          Puff your chest out futher when opening that hole.

          Cheers!

  • mikemma123

    Same f#%king musica that every fighters says after he wins a big fight. Can we stop this bs and finally get the super fight that everybody wants to see. Jesus, this is almost as bad as the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight, which by the way will never happened.

  • OMAHAK1LLA

    Yep , I wonder how much Munoz got paid for that a55 woop n . Prob not enough ! Horrible job ref ,Munoz looked like he got hit in the face with a shovel . Although if he wer to die it would probably be from that first elbow to the skull ,Its just a matter of time til somone gets hit like that and doesn’t wake up the next day! He (Munoz) looked like he didn’t even belong in there with that guy , like a eagle fighting a worm weidman vs belcher for title shot. both have earned it.

    • jonnypatrick

      I would love to see the Weidman vs Belcher matchup. I am a huge Belcher fan but I think that Weidmans wrestling may be a bad matchup for Belcher. Although Belcher should have the slight edge with his stand up and BJJ.

      • zacharydetal

        I think that would be a great fight, but I don’t want to see either of them eliminated from title contention.

        • jonnypatrick

          Good point, maybe they should just give the title shot to Weidman and let Bisping/Belcher fight and the winner of that get gets a shot at the winner of the Silva/Weidman fight

          • MaritalArtist

            Agreed

      • DrkDisciple

        Love that matchup. I think dana will give a title shot to the winner of Bisping vs Stann or Hector Lombard if he wins his next fight. So that matchup would be great for the next person in line

        • EmmettThetruth

          I think Weidmans done enough or the shot but that beig said if hector Lombard beats boetch in 30 seconds which could happen his names going I get the shot. It all also depends on when Anderson wants to fight again the mans 37 if e does fight again this year it probebly won’t be until the new years card anyway. Bispings somewhat injured and since no contract has been signed he might try over a rematch with chael.

  • tonykaz

    And R. Kelly believes he can fly.

  • jenkins1997

    Weidman vs Belfort

    If Weidman wins make him number one contender.

  • elguapo

    I was blown away by that performance. I thought Weidman looked handy in his last fights, but not to that extent. I thought he looked a lot more muscular this fight too, although I think he may have been a late call up for that fight (was it vs Maia?). As of right now, I think he may have the best chance to beat Anderson out of all the contenders. I think Florian mentioned in his commentary that he was highly regarded for his transitions, he was spot on with that comment. The way Weidman moves when on the ground was outstanding, can’t wait for his next fight, although I don’t think they’ll give him a title shot just yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.mcdowall.14 markmcdowall

    Amazing fight, great finish against a tough opponent. But lets be real…his 5th fight in the UFC, 1st real tough opponent and he’s calling out Silva?? I don’t think he deserves it right away…I think he could have an argument for a #1 contender fight but not straight to a title fight.

    I hope now that Sonnen is out of the picture we don’t get ever 85er that wins a fight calling out Silva…that will get old real quick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yannick.messaoud yannickmessaoud

    Silva has a real hard time dealing with wrestlers Sonnen for exemple. Yeah i do believe he got a hell of a chance maybe not submit Silva but winning the fight.

    Weidman impressed the hell out of me last night, and am sure he will continue impressing the hell out of me in all is future fights.

  • natpaukar7

    Mikemma123…amen brotha…the MW division has its first real potential challenge in this kid but in all fairness he only beat one decent fighter…taking nothing away from him….lets go down the line up…Bisping lost to a guy who just lost to silva..as did Stann…so they IMO are both out of the conversation…Belcher IMO is not a great fighter tho the MW division seems to have a different formula for considering contenders…Belfort’s last victory was given to him by the referee…tho i believe he would have won despite the obvious preference for him in the fight…so that having been said…some kind of mini tournament between…Lombard/Weidman/Belcher/Belfort…
    the tournament winner of that can fight Silva…only after he fights GSP or Jon Jones…for god sakes challenge this man with something…or let Rashad drop down and get KO’d meanwhile…I love Anderson Silva but I blame his poor performances on poor competition and I think with a mini tournament and a superfight in the middle of the deal that spell can be broken and Silva can once and for all have another challnging opponent to destroy impressively.

    and BTW i watched the fight like 5 times…and Weidman loooked phenomenal but he landed 17 punches after the elbow…Rosenthal should be suspended…certainly there was no harm intended on his behalf but that is his job and he could have dided….honestly.

  • soboc1

    Weidman looked impressive against a good fighter, but why rush things and call out AS? Get some more good fights under your belt and then ask for that fight. Better than calling AS out now, losing and having to climb the latter again imo.

  • soboc1

    I meant ladder,haha I’d like to see Weidman/Belcher or Weidman/Belfort

  • Anthony

    Wiedman,Lombard,Sonnon,Belfort,Belcher,Paulharis, Munoz, Bisping(dispite recent losses by Munoz and Paulharis)–Who ever made the comment that 85 is a weak class must be smokin out with the Diaz bros. I think Wiedman is one fight away from being a legit threat to Silvas title– Munoz was his first world class test,if he beats another top 5 guy, you cant denie him the title shot–give him Sonnen next– Sonnon wins and hes on his way back up, and if Wiedman wins, the build up for the championship fight with Silva would be epic.

  • opposition13

    All Widman has to do is, watch out for Silva rubbing his facial vasoline on his arms, wear spandex during the fight, and stay away fro the fence so Silva has no chances of CHEATING, ….what a so called champion…..Belfort said it b4 he is 2 face, and Sonnen called him a fake as well….now I see why…what a freaking joke Silva has become…….

  • ufcbuff

    Someone should really give Weidman a cold shower for having the nerve to call out AS for a title shot. I think he should win 2 more fights with a top 5 185er first. I’ve seen all of Weidman’s ufc fights. Great wrestler and grappler which is his strengths. But the fact that he couldn’t finish even a guy like Maia, that turned it off for me. The fight with Munoz with the KO via elbow was a great KO and win for him. And I am not going to take that away from him. But c’mon guys, we all know he is no where close to being a great striker. People get lucky sometimes. Not to take away Weidman’s skills, but he threw an elbow when Mark threw a punch, and the elbow was the one that landed. It’s as simple as that. Try watching the replay in slow motion, and never will you see Weidman intentionally throw the elbow to the part of Munoz’s face, because he saw the opening and also saw what Mark was about to do. He is a good fighter but he simply got LUCKY on that exchange. Now, if he does something similar to that in his next fights, just like how Anderson Silva has over and over proven with his striking, then I will be a believer.

    • Anthony

      I agree Wiedman didnt look great against Maia, but understand he took that fight on 10 days notice and had to drop 30lbs– that kind of wt cut destroys an athlete–he was lucky to make wt at all ,let alone win against a top 10 fighter–give the devil his due

  • felix

    Yeah right

  • BlackDog2009

    Weidman is the real deal. One more fight to cement his rightful title shot, I say.

    On the Lombard thing… I think lots of you are looking past Boetch. That’s a mistake. I think Boetch will spoil many of you’s expectations for Lombard.

    I’ve seen Lombard, he’s got bad ground game. Gegard Mousasi took his worst shots, and on the ground Lombard got dominated.

  • BlackDog2009

    I meant to say… “Gegard Mousasi took Lombard’s best shots, then took Lobard to the ground and pretty much dominated Lombard”

  • Anthony Rodriguez

    Weidman has the tools to dominate Anderson Silva; however, Silva will do everything in his power to avoid the fight. I wouldn’t be surprised if Silva retires before he has to fight Weidman. Silva has NEVER fought a fighter as well rounded and athletic as Chris Weidman.

    Anderson Silva and his idiotic management team needs to stop choosing fighters they know that Silva can beat. The greatest fighters fight WHO EVER is placed in front of them, PERIOD.