UFC 162: Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman Poster Released

John Heinis@HeinisHardNewsSenior Analyst IApril 30, 2013

Photo Courtesy of the UFC's Twitter Page
Photo Courtesy of the UFC's Twitter Page

The UFC has officially released their first promotional poster for UFC 162, and needless to say, they are highlighting the main-event bout between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman. 

Here's a look from the UFC's official Twitter page:

First look at the UFC 162 poster - tickets on sale next week! twitter.com/ufc/status/329…

— UFC (@ufc) April 30, 2013

Silva enters the bout with a unblemished 16-0 record inside the Octagon, with 10 of those wins being successful UFC middleweight title defenses. That's a record for the 185-pound division. 

"The Spider" last defended his belt at UFC 148 against rival Chael Sonnen, whom he defeated via second-round TKO.

He also competed in the main event of UFC 153, scoring a first-round TKO of "The American Psycho" Stephan Bonnar, but that bout was contested at the light heavyweight limit of 205 pounds. 

The challenger for the July 6 event, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Nevada, boasts a perfect professional record as well. 

Weidman has been on the shelf for almost 10 months due to shoulder surgery, so he hasn't fought since UFC on FUEL 4 in July. 

The event marked "The All-American's" most impressive victory to date, scoring a brutal and bloody knockout over Mark Munoz in the second round. 

Weidman, a two-time All-American collegiate wrestler as Hofstra University, has stated that he knows his takedowns and top control will be too much for the Brazilian pound-for-pound great to handle (via MMA Mania). 

While wrestling is surely Silva's weak point, his knockout power and underrated submission skills have not failed since he tapped out to a flying heel hook against Ryo Chonan all the way back in December 2004. 

Will Weidman be just another victim for the dominant champion, or will his grappling chops be enough to finally crown a new king of the UFC's middleweight division?

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