Chris Weidman Training with Uriah Hall to Prepare for Anderson Silva

Jordy McElroy@ IApril 5, 2013

Chris Weidman - Esther Lin/MMAFighting
Chris Weidman - Esther Lin/MMAFighting

In preparation for his UFC 162 showdown with Anderson Silva, Chris Weidman is looking to enlist the help of breakout The Ultimate Fighter season 17 star Uriah Hall.

It's tough finding anyone to emulate perhaps the greatest fighter in MMA history, but Weidman has to start somewhere.

Why not start with a world class striker with an even longer reach than Silva's?

"I actually think I'm going to bring in, you know Uriah Hall from The Ultimate Fighter? He has some cool kicks and stuff like that. I actually fought him before too," Weidman said during an appearance on Chokes and Jokes.

Weidman fought Hall back in September 2010 at Ring of Combat 31, where he earned a first-round TKO stoppage.

After the bout, Hall continued to work his way through Ring of Combat before receiving the call to come on TUF. Weidman, on the other hand, earned a UFC contract and climbed his way to a middleweight title shot.

Hall is already drawing Silva-like comparisons after back-to-back vicious knockouts on TUF.

No one is handing over Silva's crown as the most impressive fighter this generation has ever seen, but it would be ludicrous to overlook Hall's otherworldly talent and potential. There has never been a more impressive fighter in TUF history.

In the first elimination round, he knocked out Adam Cella with a spinning hook kick. He followed that Knockout of the Year-worthy performance with a nine-second knockout of MMA veteran Bubba McDaniel in the quarterfinals.

Weidman believes Hall's unorthodox striking can help prepare him for the unpredictable nature of Silva's offense. The unbelievable front kick Silva landed to the face of Vitor Belfort still resonates with the MMA community to this day.

Weidman plans on doing everything in his power to make sure that doesn't happen to him:

If you get caught standing still, looking at him, he's going to freaking kick you right in the face. You got to be moving either getting out of there or you're moving forward. [Uriah Hall] is another guy, if you stand there with him, he's going to kick your head off. It has to be the same strategy. You move forward, you punch him and go for takedowns.