On March 3rd , 2011, Alessio Sakara was left without an opponent, on short notice the ufc pulled in 4-0 Chris Weidman. At the time Weidman was unknown to the run of the mill mma fan and this was his big break on the premier platform for Mixed Martial Arts. Fast forward 2 years, 5 fights, and a shoulder injury and Chris Weidman has his next opponent in front of him. Not only is Weidman set to face off against the greatest of all time in Anderson Silva, he in many peoples eyes is the man to defeat him and that makes you beg the question does he really have a shot. Now there's always a punchers chance in MMA and Weidman does have a style that will certainly give Silva problems but what makes him different from the last 16 men Silva has faced?
On March 3rd, 2011, Silva was a month removed from his epic front kick KO of Vitor Belfort and was one fight removed from his for a lack of a better term amazing comeback win over Cheal Sonnen. In his fight with the "Gangster from West Lynn" , Silva was controlled on the ground for the entirety of the match and was able to pull off a hail mary triangle armbar to secure the win. Since this bout, wrestling has been pined as the best way to victory against Silva which just so happens to be Weidman's bread and butter, but what sets him apart from the rest of Silva's opponents is his mental toughness and his top heavy wrestling game. Unlike Sonnen, Weidman will go after the finish on Silva and will be super submission savvy on top of his constant wrestling pressure. this in turn should neutralize Silva's strong striking game.
In my opinion this fight is Weidman's for the taking, and I believe that he's the one to get the job done against Silva as do many pros in the sport including George St. Pierre and even your own Luke Thomas. Even though this isn't the safe bet as Silva will never be an underdog until he retires. If I were you I wouldn't miss July 7th as it might be the biggest upset in UFC history, and who doesn't love a good upset.