UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman, the man who defeated the greatest mixed martial artist in history twice, has a chance to pick up the biggest win of his career this Saturday against Lyoto Machida.
Wait, it’s actually possible for Weidman to have a bigger win on his ledger than Anderson Silva?
Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying.
What makes this bout so much more important for Weidman than either of the Silva bouts is that he can show the world he the real deal and that his victories over Silva were no flash in the pan. Weidman has slayed the dragon, now it’s time to see if he can become one himself.
Weidman’s opponent, Lyoto Machida, is considered to be one of the worst stylistic match-ups for him in the division. Machida brings an extensive striking game and solid takedown defense to the table; both of which could pose a ton of problems for the UFC champ.
There are still plenty of fans and MMA pundits who believe that Weidman is not the best middleweight in the world. They believe that both of his wins over Silva were flukes and shouldn’t be taken at face value. An emphatic win over Machida would silence those critics and validate Weidman as the king of the middleweight division.
I know there will be many out there who disagree with me, and rightfully so. Silva is the greatest fighter to ever step into the Octagon and very possibly the best to ever compete in the entire sport. How can it get any bigger than that? It all comes down to legacy, really. Imagine if Fabricio Werdum had submitted Fedor, then got knocked out by Roy Nelson in his next bout. The magic of beating Fedor would have dissipated and Werdum would have been forgotten.
For Weidman, Saturday’s bout represents an opportunity to be more than the man who beat Anderson Silva. It’s an opportunity forge his own legacy.
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