Anderson Silva no cinch to beat Chris Weidman

UFC champion Anderson Silva celebrates after defeating Japan's Yushin Okami during UFC Rio in Rio...

UFC champion Anderson Silva celebrates after defeating Japan's Yushin Okami during UFC Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Aug. 27, 2011. (REUTERS file photo)

NEIL SPRINGER, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:41 PM ET

Perhaps it’s a sign that Anderson (The Spider) Silva is the greatest of all time when fans and critics often wonder aloud why he even bothers fighting the lion’s share of his opponents.

You can almost set your watch to it.

As soon as the UFC middleweight champion’s next bout is announced, message boards light up with users claiming his opponent has a snowball’s chance in hell of winning.

There have been a few exceptions, of course — Dan Henderson, Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen ahead of his rematch with Silva, for example — but more often than not, 185-pound contenders are quickly labelled sacrificial lambs.

It’s tough to knock this mentality, though.

Silva’s 16-0 UFC run is certainly a rarity in modern-day mixed martial arts and may never again be duplicated. The MMA legend has also proven time and time again that it only takes one small opening for him to obliterate a high-level competitor.


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