Chris Weidman will attempt to do what Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin, Vitor Belfort, Yushin Okami and others have yet to do: defeat Anderson Silva.
The two collide this Saturday night for Silva’s UFC middleweight title at UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman. “The Spider” has successfully defended his title 10 times, while Weidman is unbeaten in his MMA career.
Despite being an underdog, Weidman isn’t as large of one as most Silva opponents. He was asked about his chances of besting the Brazilian while on “UFC Tonight” Tuesday.
“I’ve envisioned (winning the title),” Weidman said. “With any goal you’ve had, you have to live it. I’ve been living with the belt around me already. I just have to make it happen Saturday.”
Weidman defeated Mark Munoz last year and promptly asked for a title match. He later suffered an injury that knocked him out of a planned meeting late in 2012.
As for how he plans to top Silva, “The All-American” was very confident in his abilities, saying, “I’m going for the finish. I have a hard time visualizing this fight going the full five rounds, with all due respect.”