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Weidman on the Sonnen-Silva comparisons

Chael Sonnen, top, punches Anderson Silva during a

Chael Sonnen, top, punches Anderson Silva during a UFC middleweight championship fight at UFC 117 in Oakland. Silva won by submission in the fifth round to retain the championship. (Aug. 7, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

The most obvious and talked-about comparison for Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva at UFC 162 has been Silva's two fights with Chael Sonnen.

In their first fight, Sonnen did what no other fighter had done. He dominated Silva -- before tapping out to an arm triangle in the final minutes of Round 5.

But the blueprint to beat Silva became clear, in part because Silva is rarely on the defensive.

Sonnen and Weidman are both strong wrestlers, so the narrative takes hold all by itself. But here's what Weidman had to say about the comparison during Tuesday's UFC 162 conference call:

"We’re totally different fighters," Weidman said. "I believed I could beat [Silva] before that fight but he stays relaxed and if you’re tense and he’s relaxed, eventually he’s going to be able to get off what he wants.

"So I think the main thing I learned from that is that I thought Chael was a little bit too uptight and tense when he got the takedown and I think it paid off for Anderson to stay relaxed the whole entire fight because he was able to have the energy to knock that out in the fifth round. And all props to Anderson on that."


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