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Current Standing: No. 1
Upcoming Fight: vs. Anderson Silva at UFC 162
Let's be clear: I do not take to this sort of prediction lightly. Anderson Silva is one of the top stars on the planet, and I do not think that his skills are deteriorating, despite the fact that the 38-year-old has seen the wear and tear of 37 professional MMA bouts over the course of 16 years.
For those of you currently calling me a moron, that is OK. I expect backlash for predicting the downfall of The Spider. However, you cannot deny that Silva has been susceptible to takedowns from standout wrestlers.
While you will likely point to Silva's ability to shut down Chael Sonnen twice, I do not see Silva being able to keep this fight standing. In addition, Weidman is a quality grappler who will not be caught in a foolish submission.
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