Weidman out to prove Silva match wasn't fluke

Chris Weidman, top, will face Anderson Silva at UFC 168 in Las Vegas on Dec. 28. (CARMINE...

Chris Weidman, top, will face Anderson Silva at UFC 168 in Las Vegas on Dec. 28. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI Agency)

NEIL SPRINGER, Special to QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 4:00 PM ET

Even before he dethroned Anderson (The Spider) Silva, Chris (All American) Weidman knew there would be naysayers.

In a sport as competitive as mixed martial arts, truly dominant champions are a rarity. A fight can play out in so many different ways that few titleholders have been able fend off attacks from all angles for as long as Silva did.

Not only was the former middleweight kingpin successful for almost seven years, he made it look easy.

Some high-level fighters would step into the cage and he would toy with them. Others would completely shut down, entranced by what they knew he could potentially execute in the blink of an eye.

Opponents almost exhausted all possibilities with him.

 


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