Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman: What to Watch for During UFC 162's Main Event

Nathan McCarterFeatured ColumnistJuly 6, 2013

Jul 5, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Dana White (center) separates Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman (right) at today's weighs-in for their UFC fight at the Mandalay Bay Event Center. Silva takes on Weidman at the MGM Grand Garden Arena July 6. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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The Entrances

The focus will be on the fight, but you’ll want to watch the entrances for both men.

Not only are the entrances fun to witness from a production standpoint, but they also give a small glimpse in to the mindset of each fighter.

This is the second time Chris Weidman will headline an event, but the first PPV. With so much on the line, it will be interesting to see how he handles the moment and his emotions. The adrenaline will be pumping.


How Weidman Starts

The opening moments of the fight will be the most intriguing. How will each man start, but more importantly, how will Weidman open the bout?

Will he give Silva some space and try to gauge his own distance, or will he close it quickly like Chael Sonnen did? That will be telling as to what his game plan is.

Weidman will want to pressure Silva at some point in the fight. Getting him to the mat is paramount. It will be interesting to see how Weidman cuts off Silva’s movement and just how aggressive he is in forcing the issue to the canvas.


Silva’s Takedown Defense

This is a bit of an obvious one, but it is definitely something to watch for in the main event.

Weidman will attempt to get this to the mat, and when he does, it will be telling how well Silva defends the attempt. Silva has an underrated wrestling game, but it is not at the level of Weidman.


The Other People

Often forgotten about are the other people involved in the fight. The corners and the referee.

The judges to a lesser extent simply because we do not know how they are judging each round until after the fight concludes. What we are able to tell in the midst of the action is what the corners and referee are thinking.

How will the referee control the action? Will he be quick to stand them up on the ground?

What kind of mid-fight adjustments will the corners call for?

Those are the important factors not involving the fighters themselves. They play a major role in all the fights, and it is something that everyone should be watching out for during the championship fight.

There is a lot to keep an eye on in the main event. Between Silva and Weidman you will be treated to a lot of fantastic fighting later tonight.