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Chris Weidman looks on before a UFC on Fuel 4 Mixed Martial Arts middleweight bout against Mark Munoz in San Jose, Calif.

Fighter predictions for Weidman vs. Silva at UFC 162

UFC fighters offer their thoughts on the UFC 162 main event between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Long Island's Chris Weidman.

CHAEL SONNEN
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CHAEL SONNEN
"I think Weidman takes Anderson down at will, I think he blows past Anderson’s guard, and I think he finishes him. Taking Anderson down isn’t a hard thing to do. Chris will get to Anderson’s head, hurt him with ground and pound, and submit Anderson within three rounds with a D’arce choke or similar. Weidman is a younger version of me - and a better version when it comes to aspects like top game. I took Anderson down repeatedly, and while I punched him all night, I don’t have the submissions Weidman has. Weidman is going to have the same success I had with a ground attack but then he’s going to choke Anderson." |

RONDA ROUSEY
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RONDA ROUSEY
"I think Anderson Silva is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, but Weidman is the absolute worst possible matchup for him. It'll definitely be interesting and I’m excited to see what happens on the night." |

MATT SERRA ?Chris is going to shock a
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MATT SERRA
?Chris is going to shock a lot of people. The combination of Chris? skillset, which is a bad matchup for Anderson on any day, and his mentality to win is going to result in a huge win. Everyone sees what this kid has skill-wise, and Chris doesn?t take ?no? for an answer. He?s a beast, he?s an animal. He will take this fight to Anderson Silva ? but unlike some of the other guys, he will do it with aggression and skills. He?s the complete fighter to beat Anderson.? |

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MIESHA TATE “Chael Sonnen almost beat Anderson based
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MIESHA TATE
“Chael Sonnen almost beat Anderson based on being a wrestler. And Weidman is a more dynamic wrestler than Sonnen – and Weidman doesn't get caught in submissions. Weidman’s wrestling definitely gives him a chance.” |

GEORGES ST-PIERRE
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GEORGES ST-PIERRE
"I believe it’s a bad matchup for Anderson Silva. Very bad, style wise. Anderson’s weaknesses are Weidman’s strengths. I’ve trained with Weidman and his wrestling is on another level. Not only is Chris Weidman going to beat Anderson Silva, I believe he’s going to finish Anderson. I believe it's not going to last too long, this fight." |

KENNY FLORIAN “I don’t think there is any
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KENNY FLORIAN
“I don’t think there is any fighter in the world who can hope to beat Anderson on the feet, but I think Weidman can and will get this to the ground and, once there, I expect him to be in a huge position to win the fight.” |

MICHAEL BISPING
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MICHAEL BISPING
"With Weidman, I think he’s got a hell of a shot at becoming the new champion. Anderson Silva is the greatest of all time but, believe me, Weidman has a very bad style for him. A nightmare style, really. Weidman will be able to take Anderson down, and do serious damage when he does so. Weidman has a great ground game, and that’s where Anderson has shown vulnerabilities." |

GRAY MAYNARD
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GRAY MAYNARD
"If anyone is going to beat Anderson Silva, and stop this guy retiring with the belt, undefeated in the UFC, for sure it is Chris Weidman. Weidman is the only guy I can point to in the division and go ‘This guy can do it, this guy can beat Anderson'." |

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DANIEL CORMIER
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DANIEL CORMIER
"I am always partial to wrestlers, but I honestly think Weidman has the tools to win this fight. Anderson is the greatest of all-time, but Weidman has the blueprint set by Chael Sonnen. It’s not like he has to spend a round or two figuring out what he has to do to win. Just follow the game plan that Chael had success with: take Anderson down and pound on him. I think Anderson’s takedown defense has improved over the years, but Chris is such a good wrestler he will get the job done. I pick Weidman by decision." |

FRANK MIR
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FRANK MIR
"The only way I see Weidman not winning is if he has a macho thing where he has illusions of striking with the best striker in the world. But I think he’s too smart for that. I’m not just saying he’s got a great shot, I am picking Weidman to win." |

ALAN BELCHER “Weidman has all tools; on paper
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ALAN BELCHER
“Weidman has all tools; on paper he can do this. Anderson always seems to find a way to win, but everyone is human, and style wise, I don’t like this for Anderson. Weidman’s really good on the top, and he could sub Anderson. He’s that good on the ground. What worries me about Weidman is he knows just enough to get himself into trouble on the feet. He is just good enough to land a shot or two and think he can win standing up. But he can’t. No one can beat Anderson standing." |

ROGER GRACIE
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ROGER GRACIE
"Weidman’s grappling is at a very high level. He has some very good submissions. He can put a lock on anyone - any world class grappler. I think he's that good that he can tap anyone, including me or Anderson Silva." |

LUKE ROCKHOLD “This is a 50/50 fight. I’ve
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LUKE ROCKHOLD
“This is a 50/50 fight. I’ve not thought that about an Anderson fight in a long time, but this can go either way.” |

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RICK STORY
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RICK STORY
"I can see Weidman grinding out a points win by controlling most of the fight on the ground. Ask Chael Sonnen, five rounds is a long time not to make a mistake in Anderson’s guard, but Chris is so young and hungry I think he can do it."

JOHNY HENDRICKS
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JOHNY HENDRICKS
"Anderson doesn’t like to start fast but I think in this fight he needs to get going early. Weidman is coming off a long layoff and Anderson should take advantage, jump on him, and go for the first-round KO. But if Weidman gets to the later rounds, his wrestling and being so young will take over. I think Weidman has the style and the skills to win this fight and I pick him to win a decision." |

DOMINICK CRUZ
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DOMINICK CRUZ
"Anderson takes anything from a minute to half a round to figure out his opponent’s distance and timing, and Chris has to make use of that to score a takedown. Once he has Anderson down, he can strike very well, and I expect him to pass and force Anderson into a scramble. Anderson usually waits in his guard for a chance to escape or counter, but Chris hits hard enough and is active enough to force Anderson to try to get back up fast. That’s where I see Weidman winning the fight, in the scramble as Anderson tries to get back up." |

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