Going for his 11th straight title defense, Anderson Silva puts up his UFC middleweight crown against Chris Weidman Saturday night at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
Dating back to 2006, the Brazilian Silva has tied the UFC record of 16 consecutive victories, with the last four coming by either TKO or KO. “The Spider” also currently holds the record for most consecutive title defenses in UFC with 10.
Silva’s challenger, the 29-year-old former college wrestler and mixed martial artist Weidman, is undefeated in his professional career. However this match with Silva will be Weidman’s sixth career fight for UFC.
UFC president Dana White may know something about Weidman that the rest of the world doesn’t to put him in the ring with Silva, arguably the greatest mixed martial artist and UFC champion in history.
Still Weidman has proven he has a full range of technical skills to go along with his strength. Along with this three victories by TKO and KO, Weidman has submitted his opponents via kimura, standing guillotine choke, and d’arce choke.
This will Silva’s first bout in nine months, following his TKO of Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153 back in October. That fight was for the light heavyweight title, and while Bonnar had won his previous three fights, he had also lost five of seven before that.
Weidman has had nearly a year off since pummeling and knocking out American Mark Munoz in the second round on UFC on Fuel TV.
The pay-per-view event begins at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT, and you can order it for your television or computer by going to UFC’s official site here.
Tale of the Tape
Reach: 77 inches
Record: 33-4, 20 KOs
Reach: 78 inches
Record: 9-0, 3 KOs
Charles Oliveira vs. Frankie Edgar
Roger Gracie v.s Tim Kennedy
Tim Boetsch vs. Mark Munoz
Dennis Silver vs. Cub Swanson
Betting Odds: Silva is a -225 favorite.
Prediction: Silva by TKO in the third round.