GSP: 'I Believe Weidman Will Beat Anderson Silva, He's the Top Guy He's Faced'
Anderson Silva's UFC title reign comes to an end in t-minus 55 days, according to Georges St-Pierre.
At UFC 162, Silva will defend his middleweight title against undefeated contender Chris Weidman.
It's hard to envision anyone defeating Silva after everything he's accomplished. He is arguably the greatest fighter in MMA history. How could Weidman possibly compete with such overwhelming accolades?
Out of all the many legends and world-class fighters who have fallen before Silva, Weidman, of all people, is the one pegged as the chosen one to finally slay "The Spider."
Many MMA fans have treated this mere assumption as the greatest joke ever told, but St-Pierre isn't laughing.
The UFC welterweight champ has witnessed Weidman at work both in the Octagon and during training. It would be an understatement to say he was merely impressed with Weidman, a two-time Division I All-American wrestler.
One of the most asked questions is whether or not St-Pierre would ever consider moving to middleweight and challenging Silva in a superfight.
During an interview with Bas Rutten on Inside MMA St-Pierre admitted there was some interest in a superfight with Silva, but he sees Weidman shocking the world and throwing a major monkey wrench in the UFC's plans:
I always want a challenge depending on weight classes. I know you talk about Anderson Silva, but the thing is, I weigh 190-pounds. I know Silva weighs 230-pounds. He's a pretty big guy. Listen, if the opportunity and the timing is good, everything is possible. It would be either a jump or we would meet in the middle.
But don't forget, I don't want to sound bad, but Anderson has a big fight with Chris Weidman. Chris Weidman, I know him and believe me he's the top guy Anderson Silva has ever faced. For me, Chris is my friend, and I believe he's going to win.
St-Pierre isn't the only fighter rallying behind Weidman for the anticipated title bout.
Rashad Evans told MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani that Weidman was the "toughest guy in the middleweight division."
After watching Weidman's dominant win over Mark Munoz at UFC on Fuel 4, Chael Sonnen looked directly into the camera of the live post-fight show and called him the "best middleweight in the UFC."
Silva will still enter the bout as a heavy favorite, but Weidman is becoming a sexy pick for many analysts.
All eyes will be watching on July 6 to see whether or not history inks a different name and a new era begins.
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