Many fighters have weighed in on the UFC 162 main event middleweight title bout between champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chris Weidman. UFC women’s bantamweight titleholder Ronda Rousey believes Weidman is the worst stylistic match-up for Silva, but will be pulling for Silva to retain his belt on July 6.
“I think that Anderson Silva is pound-for-pound the best fighter of all time, and I really do believe that Chris Weidman is the worst style match-up for him. But if anyone can overcome the worst style match-up, it’s Anderson Silva,” said Rousey during a recent Facebook chat sponsored by Metro PCS.
Silva is undefeated inside the octagon with 16 consecutive wins. He has put together the longest title reign in the promotion’s history and defended his belt a record 10 times. He holds the record for most finishes in the UFC with 14 and the most finishes in title fights with nine. But at 38-years-old, his career is winding down.
“Being that Anderson is, I think, towards the end of his career, I’m going to have to just pull for Anderson just because it’s like the end of it. I kind of want him to go out hot,” said Rousey. “Chris Weidman has an amazing future ahead of him. He’s going to be around long after Anderson Silva leaves. And I think that once Anderson vacates the division that Chris Weidman, it’s very likely that he’ll hold onto the belt for a while. But you never know.”
Rousey likes both fighters, but wants Silva’s legendary status to remain intact for at least one more fight.
“I think they’re both very, very cool,” she said. “I don’t want any of them to take it personally. It’s just kind of like Anderson is a legend and I just like having him legend-like.”