Before Chris Weidman joined the UFC, he met Valdir Araujo in late 2010. Araujo, who lost that fight, thinks that Weidman has the ability to stop middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
“I do not think he has a chance at striking, but in grappling he could give enough suffocation to Anderson,” said Araujo to TATAME.
Araujo pointed out that Weidman has excellent defense and his submission has evolved since their encounter.
When Weidman and Araujo met, the UFC title contender only had four fights to his name. Weidman has gone 5-0 since joining the UFC and with his 2012 win over Mark Muñoz has been placed at the top of the division.
Since the loss to Weidman, Araujo is 6-1. He fought twice out of Bellator where he is 1-1. On January 19, he fights Marcelo Alfaya for CFA. They meet from the Bank United Center in Coral Gables, FL.