UFC 162 is just around the corner, and with it comes what might be the first title challenger in 2013 to actually deserve his title shot.
Chris Weidman isn't Nick Diaz. He's not Chael Sonnen or Frankie Edgar. Even though it was more than a year ago, Weidman did not lose his last fight.
To be more specific, Weidman hasn't lost any of his previous fights. He's undefeated at 9-0 heading into his UFC 162 main event against Anderson Silva, the otherworldly fighter who is nearly unanimously considered to be the greatest fighter in the history of the sport.
Weidman deserves the opportunity to dethrone Silva, and there's a refrain among fans and media that grows in volume with each passing day that leaves us closer to fight week: Weidman can win this fight.
And it isn't just that Weidman can win; there's a growing belief that he will win.
But why, after all we've seen him do over the past seven years, would anyone in their right mind pick against Silva?
Bleacher Report's Jeremy Botter is here to answer that question, and he'll also give you his prediction for Silva vs. Weidman. On top of that, Botter gives you one more UFC 162 fight you should be paying attention to.
Watch the video above, and leave your own predictions below.