The final piece of the puzzle is Weidman's top-submission game. Two of Silva's three legitimate losses are by way of submission. Nobody wants to be on their back with Silva over top—and in fact, “The Spider” will allow the fight to stand if given a choice.
That leaves only one avenue for submissions: the top game.
It is a gambit that is highly risky to many commentators and fans: Wait for a handful of opportunities to beat a man who can beat you so many different ways. But that is simply the reality of the fight for Weidman.
Attempting to primarily ground-and-pound Sliva will only tire Weidman. The contender is powerful, but he is likely to inflict only moderate damage to the champion. In the process, he will gas himself out just like Chael Sonnen.
Weidman has to be strong and remain patient. Strikes should be used to open up opportunities for transitions or submissions. Elbows to the head and punches to the body are his best options.
What Weidman has to remember is to look for submissions that do not necessarily demand a loss of position. His wrestling prowess will afford him moves such as the keylock from side-control, kimura from half-guard, and arm-triangle choke from both positions.
Whatever he does, he has to remember that position over submission is preferred 90 percent of the time. He cannot ignore an obvious opportunity, but he has to not jump at everything he sees. Instead, he must create opportunities and take them as they come.