UFC 155: Chris Weidman vs. Tim Boetsch Head-to-Toe Breakdown

Tim McTiernanCorrespondent ISeptember 19, 2012

UFC 155: Chris Weidman vs. Tim Boetsch Head-to-Toe Breakdown

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    At UFC 155, two top middleweight contenders will square off—with a title shot potentially on the line—as Chris Weidman will face Tim "The Barbarian" Boetsch.

    Weidman is 9-0 in his MMA career, and is coming off a knockout in the second round in what was an absolute mauling of Mark Munoz.

    Boetsch comes into the fight on the heels of a decision victory over Hector Lombard, in a fight that did not live up to expectations.

    This fight will likely crown the next title challenger in the middleweight division. Let's see who's got the edge.

Striking

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    Chris Weidman easily gets the edge in striking.

    After his most recent win over Mark Munoz, he showed that he is a threat wherever the fight goes. He landed a beautiful elbow to the jaw of Munoz and put him out cold.

    Tim Boetsch may have more power than Weidman, but Weidman has the overall edge in striking.

    Edge: Chris Weidman

Grappling

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    Weidman absolutely tooled Mark Munoz when it came to wrestling. He took him down and controlled him with no problem whatsoever.

    While Boetsch is a former NCAA Division I wrestler, he was completely controlled by Yushin Okami in the first two rounds of their fight.

    This one isn't much of a debate.

    Edge: Chris Weidman

Submissions

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    Tim Boetsch has won three of 20 fights with legitimate submissions.

    Chris Weidman has won three of nine fights via submission—and ultimately over better competition.

    Weidman has the grappling edge in every possible way.

    Edge: Chris Weidman

Strength and Conditioning

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    Neither fighter has a clear cut advantage in this area.

    Weidman is a very strong fighter, but Boetsch may be a bit stronger.

    Meanwhile, both fighters have solid cardio, but Weidman may be a bit better.

    Nobody gets the edge.

    Edge: Push

Variables

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    Chris Weidman is an absolute beast. Every time he has had a full training camp, he has finished his opponent. He is 9-0 in his career with six finishes.

    In the UFC, he has three finishes in five fights. He is a threat wherever the fight goes, as he can wrestle with the best or outstrike top strikers. This is his fight to lose.

    Tim Boetsch would appear to be outclassed on paper. However, he was also supposed to be outclassed against Okami, but was able to earn a knockout victory. That's what Boetsch will have to rely on.

    He will need to land a big shot on Weidman and finish him. Other than that, I don't see any way that Boetsch could possibly win.

Prediction

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    I expect Chris Weidman to win this fight and cement himself as the No. 1 contender.

    With a 10-0 record, and seven finishes, Anderson Silva will not be able to deny Weidman as the No. 1 contender to his title.

    Prediction: Chris Weidman wins by submission in the second round.

     


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