Weidman’s Camp Brims With Confidence

Weidman’s Camp Brims With Confidence


“…There’s something in the ether…there’s something about this fight that makes it the best fight of the year, so far”

That’s how Robin Black feels about Silva / Weidman at UFC 162.

Black and “5 Rounds” co-host John Ramdeen discussed the upcoming July 6th bout and waxed as to Weidman’s chances of defeating the living legend and exiting with the Middleweight Champ’s belt.

The two seem to be of one mind and in alignment with the general consensus view of most fighters, in thinking that it’s quite possible that the “All-American” can beat “The Spider”.

Belief that the undefeated Weidman (UFC 5 & 0) can rest Silva’s belt from him is based not solely on Chris’s skills set, but also his supreme confidence.

John Ramdeen visited Weidman’s camp to interview the fighter and two of his coaches (Renzo Gracie & Ray Longo) and remarked that “the vibe at this camp is that everybody is so confident…that he’s going to be able to do what he needs to do to defeat Anderson Silva.” Gracie said Weidman’s Jiu Jitsu and wrestling are “amazing and Longo said he is “blown away” by how fast Chris’s striking has improved and says of it, that it’s on the same level as his wrestling, now.

Both Gracie and Longo praised the All-American for his sponge-like ability to learn and to implement new techniques.

Evidence of Weidman’s “Rain Man” like qualities was his bout with Mark Munoz, when he put the fighter out cold with an elbow technique he had just recently learned in camp.  

It seems to be that his natural ability for learning techniques, coupled with the workman like attitude that his wresting background has instilled in him, has left the All-American supremely confident that he will (indeed) beat The Spider.

Of Weidman’s confidence level Black noted that “no matter what every other guy who has gone in there and fought him has said, they haven’t had this level of belief in themselves. They haven’t waked in there with the true knowledge that we’re going to win this fight.”

Regarding his opportunity, Chris commented that “I put myself in a position I wanna be (in) and now it’s just a matter of taking it and making the most of it.”

However and regardless of how much Weidman has grown, particularly in the stand-up department, the reality of this fight is that it starts on the feet and Anderson Silva is the best in the world at it. No matter how much of a savant Weidman might be, there’s precious little chance that Chris could have closed the distance with the Champ regarding the subject of stand-up.

If the All American cannot take this fight to the ground as did Sonnen, then my guess is that his improved stand-up will not carry the day against the wizard of 185.


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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/kungfurule kungfurule

    Once AS gets him in a Thai clinch weidman will understand the meaning of masterful

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/D D

      Silva is not going to even try that. He doesn't want to get that close to Weidman. He will do everything he can to stay at distance.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/thexperience1 thexperience1

        See this is where you're wrong…. if Silva spots an opportunity to get that Thai clinch he will take it… that's what makes him so great. He believes in his own ability so much that it translates into his performance in the octagon. Knowing Weidman "just might" take him down, won't stop him from doing what he does best.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/D D


          Didn't clinch Sonnen. Didn't clinch Maia. Didn't clinch Leites. Only briefly clinched Henderson after he had him very badly hurt with strikes. Won't clinch Weidman, because he DOESN'T DO THAT WITH GRAPPLERS.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Plexomatic Plexomatic

    LOL ^^ I agree 100% , I see a knock out via Knee while Chris is shooting

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/InfiniteEnigma InfiniteEnigma

    Something in the ether ? So that is their plan, to KO him with noxious fumes ?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/kungfurule kungfurule

    no silva will thai clinch and destroy after a few rounds his clinch is crazy good bc he knows CW will close the distance so why not be first watch for it.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/N.C. N.C.

    The first minute. In the first minute we'll see how confident he is. Everybody from Vitor to Forrest all lost their sh*t in the first minute and got wrecked.

    The exceptions are the wrestlers like Lutter, Hendo and Chael who right off the bat got in Spiders face and started to grind down on him.

    Chris needs to dump him on his *** on command to have any chance at winning.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/RandyMarsh Randy Marsh

    Fight camps should always feel confident. To say Chris's striking is as good as his wrestling after one camp is a little much though in my opinion.. talking out their anuses'.