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Chris Weidman Training For Anderson Silva Since Day One

Chris Weidman has been envisioning his fight with Anderson Silva before even stepping foot inside the Octagon. While still competing in Ring of Combat (ROC), the No. 1 contender kept his eyes set on the UFC middleweight champion.

“When I started MMA four years ago, I had to believe I could beat the champion of the world or there’s no reason for me to do this,” said Weidman during UFC 159. “Coming up in Ring of Combat, I wasn’t only training for those guys – I was training for Anderson Silva.”

Following four wins for ROC, including a first round TKO over Uriah Hall, Weidman took five more in the UFC to land his current spot.

Silva returns following a 2012 where he finished Chael Sonnen and Stephan Bonnar.

They will headline UFC 162 on July 6. It comes from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.