Weidman doesn't mind comparisons to Sonnen

Chris Weidman (top) fights Jesse Bongfeldt in a middleweight bout during UFC 131at Rogers Arena in...

Chris Weidman (top) fights Jesse Bongfeldt in a middleweight bout during UFC 131at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., June 11, 2011. (QMI Agency file photo)

NEIL SPRINGER, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:30 PM ET

Chris (All-American) Weidman isn’t offended when people compare him to Chael Sonnen.

The former NCAA Division I wrestler is set to challenge middleweight champ Anderson (The Spider) Silva at UFC 162 in Las Vegas July 6. Though some have labelled Weidman as the fighter to end the Brazilian’s legendary title run, inevitably the conversation always leads to Sonnen.

At UFC 117 in 2010, the controversial Sonnen utilized his strong wrestling pedigree to dominate Silva for more than four rounds, before losing via dramatic submission with less than two minutes left on the clock.

It’s this blueprint that has led some fans and fighters to trumpet Weidman’s chances of pulling off the upset. If you then factor in Weidman’s superior punching power and submission game, it seems like he has all the tools necessary to succeed where Sonnen failed.

Though Weidman feels he and Sonnen are different animals, he isn’t bothered when the former title challenger’s name pops up.

 


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