Chris Weidman will look to submit Demian Maia, hopes to graduate to "contender status"Posted on January 26, 2012, 11:36 AM by Joey Santosus
UFC Middleweight Chris Weidman, who will look to graduate from prospect to contender with a victory over Demian Maia on Saturday, discusses his opponent, as well as the importance of the opportunity that lies ahead. Weidman acknowledges the fight is the biggest of his career, and says that, despite Maia's jiu-jitsu skills, he will look to submit the Brazilian if they go to the ground. Photo: MMAWeekly.com
"I already got so pumped on the idea of fightng Demian Maia that I was like, 'I don't care, let's go. I'm in.' So, there was no hesitation once I actually found out I was fighting in 11 days. This is a huge opportunity for me, this is going to bring me into contender status - it's exactly where I wanted to be. ... Really, I'm just going to go at him 100-percent. If it's on the feet, I will be looking for a knockout, and if it's on the ground, I will be looking for a submission."