Ponder this: When was the last time UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-4) had a title fight coming that fans and fighters were seriously debating that he might lose?
I’m not talking the lip service that gets paid in these situations where the challenger’s fans blather on about how this is the fight that their guy shows Silva is done. I’m talking where fans, fighter and pundits honestly believe that Silva may lose his title. When was the last time that happened?
It may have been the Chael Sonnen rematch at UFC 148, but I think a lot of that talk was due to Sonnen being a great salesman and convincing people that he had a chance to defeat Silva. Of course, this line of thinking totally discounted the fact that while Sonnen was selling his awesomeness, Silva was most likely working away on exactly how to not allow himself to be in the position he was in during the first meeting with Sonnen at UFC 117.
So, back to reality. The last serious debate regarding Silva losing his title may have been ahead of the Dan Henderson bout at UFC 82, but even there, the odds were in favor of Silva.
Heading into UFC 162, the odds are once again titled to the side of the champion, but many are disregarding those odds and siding with the challenger, Chris Weidman (9-0). Even UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is getting in on the act.
According to UFC president Dana White, St-Pierre is saying that there is no way a superfight between he and Silva will take place, because he positively knows that Weidman is going to come out the victor at UFC 162.
Rick J. Lee caught up with Uriah Hall, who has a loss on his record to Weidman, and got his feelings on the fight.