New York, NY (PRWEB) May 09, 2013
UFC 162 - Silva vs. Weldman -- UFC fans will have another reason to celebrate as the fight between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman has been set to take place during UFC 162 on the 6th of July this year. This fight is for the middleweight championship that Silva currently holds. Weidman emerged as the top contender to face Silva. The event will be held at the famous MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event is also available live on pay-per-view.
Weidman, who is the undefeated and top contender/challenger, will face Silva, who is the longest reigning title holder as well as having the longest winning streak that includes title defenses. Silva is also considered as the top ranked pound for pound king of the mixed martial arts world. In fact, UFC Head Dana White called Silva as the "the greatest mixed martial artist ever." Silva holds a record of 33 wins and four losses and 20 of those wins are by knockout, six by submission and seven by decision. As a Brazilian national, Silva is a master of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. He also has black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Judo with a yellow belt in Capoeira. He is also a pro-boxer. On the other hand, Weidman has been undefeated in 10 fights with four knockouts and three submissions and decisions each.
Silva ruffled some feathers by not attending the press conference for the fight months before the event. He was fined a hefty sum of $50,000. It is also interesting to note that Weidman was not the UFC’s first choice to face Silva. Two other potential opponents for Silva were defeated. First, Alan Belcher lost to Yushin Okami in the fight last December 2012, and then Michael Bisping was defeated by Vitor Belfort early in January this year.
Weidman will be coming from a long hiatus and his last fight was a TKO victory in the second round over Mark Munoz in July last year. Silva’s last fight was on October last year defeating Stephan Bonnar with a TKO on the first round of the light heavyweight bout. His last title defense was in July last year where he won against Chael Sonnen with a TKO on the second round.
Other fights under Silva vs. Weidman in UFC 162:
Roger Gracie vs. Tim Kennedy - middleweight
Andres Craig vs. Chris Leben - middleweight
Brian Melancon vs. Seth Baczynski - welterweight
Shane del Rosario vs. Dave Herman - heavyweight
Edson Barboza vs. John Makdessi - lightweight
Kazuki Tokudome vs. Norman Parke - lightweight
Mike Pierce vs. David Mitchell - welterweight
Dennis Silver vs. Cub Swanson - featherweight
Frankie Edgar vs. Charles Oliviera - featherweight
Mark Muñoz vs. Tim Boetsch - middleweight
Chan Sung Jung vs. Ricardo Lamas - featherweight
Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman – middleweight (championship)
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