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Renzo Gracie On Chris Weidman: I Believe He Will Submit Anderson Silva


UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman shocked the world when he captured his belt at UFC 162, knocking Anderson Silva out in the second round and ending (or possibly just pausing) his incredible reign as 185lb. boss.

The win gave Weidman the legitimacy that trainers Ray Longo and Matt Serra have said he deserves since day one. With the new Championship comes a sudden jolt in to the limelight of modern MMA media; a cut throat place where walls have ears and every word could be your last (just kidding, I love this job). But seriously, everyone has his or her opinion about you when you are the king.

On this occasion the guy with an opinion is MMA/BJJ legend Renzo Gracie, who spoke with Ariel Helwani during The MMA Hour:

“He will submit him, I do believe he’s going to submit him, yes. He’s getting better every day. If Anderson doesn’t improve his ground game, he will be in trouble this time.”

“I like Anderson a lot, he’s an unbelievable champion,” he said. “It’s going to be a tough fight, but Weidman is the one for that task. If Anderson is not that careful, (Weidman) is going to take Anderson down and submit him.”

Gracie is a trainer of Weidman’s at the New York based Serra-Longo Fight Team, and has also coached such legends as Matt Serra, GSP and Frankie Edgar. The only flaw I find in Gracie’s statement is that a submission on the mat will mean that Weidman has to take Silva down.

I know that happened in the first bout, but something tells me that a re-motivated Anderson Silva will not be taking any chances this time around. The first bout did not prove that Silva was a fraud, but that clowning will get you knocked silly at the top level in MMA; even if you are the GOAT.

Weidman faces the unbelievable task of defending the UFC Middleweight title against Silva, having not only beaten him but becoming the first man to ever KO ‘The Spider’. I don’t know if that is a good thing or not. Will Silva get his title back? Who knows, one thing I do know is that Renzo cracks me up.

  • If you think Weidman won't be able to take Silva down, you are clearly not paying attention or know nothing about MMA. He tok Silva down the first fight, a fight in which Silva should have finished Weidman pretty easily. Weidman lost his home, was literally broke, had major shoulder surgery & had to do 4+ months of rehab, never fought in a year & had MAJOR ring rust. Yet he was still able to do what he did to Anderson. Now he's far from being broke, no longer has to worry about his newly repaired shoulder, no rehab – therefore can concentrate 100% on his training & no more ring rust. Also, he knows how Silva moves, knows the speed etc., and not to mention Weidman KO'd Silva & has a slight mental edge over him. I can see WEidman submitting Silva, but he has to GnP him first of at least tire him out or hurt him, then go for the submission.

    • It's an opinion bro, i value yours without questioning your integrity. Respect for ones peers shows depth of character.

      • " media; a cut throat place where walls have ears "
        You could be on to something Rory lol

    • Slurp Slurp Slurp……Swallow

      • Dammit Hate, I lost fifteen dollars betting you wouldnt swallow 8))

    • You know Kris, without the insult directed at Rory, you would have had a nice rebuttal, shame.

  • I respect Renzo and everybody is entitled to their own opinion. He is right, Anderson needs to improve his ground game. Weidman is no joke on the ground. He is hungry!!