Everyone seems to have an opinion on the upcoming bout between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and No. 1-ranked contender Chris Weidman. Even UFC welterweight Jake Shields is getting in on the act.
Shields, the former Strikeforce middleweight champion, recently took some time off from training for his UFC 161 bout against Tyron Woodley to discuss UFC 162's main event.
Silva will enter the July 6 fight, according to the odds at Bovada, a -280 favorite over Weidman, who currently stands as a +220 underdog. Silva (33-4) is unbeaten in the UFC, racking up 16 wins since joining the promotion in June 2006. The majority of those wins have come in title fights. Silva has defended his title 10 times since wresting the crown from Rich Franklin in October 2006. The victory over Franklin was Silva’s second with the promotion.
Weidman (9-0) has won all five of his UFC bouts since making his promotional debut with a unanimous decision win over Alessio Sakara in March 2011.
Silva last fought in October 2012, when he cruised to a first round TKO win over Stephan Bonnar in a light heavyweight bout in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The win was Silva’s fifth consecutive stoppage victory.
As for his opponent, Weidman will enter the fight on a long layoff. Weidman will have been off for nearly a year when he steps into the Octagon on July 6 in Las Vegas. His last bout was a second-round knockout win over Mark Munoz on July 11, 2012. Shoulder surgery is the reason for Weidman’s long layoff.
What do you think? Does Shields have the call correct for this fight?