Chris Weidman will fight for the UFC middleweight title against Anderson Silva at UFC 162.

Chris Weidman has one of the brightest futures of any middleweight in the UFC.

When it comes to the best competition for UFC middleweight champion Anderson “Spider” Silva and his stranglehold on the weight class, you don’t need to look any further than Chris Weidman. Weidman is a Matt Serra and Ray Longo product from Baldwin, N.Y. that possesses a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He was a NCAA Division I wrestler at Hofstra University and could very well be the next UFC middleweight champion. What are some of the biggest wins in the career of the 9-0 Weidman and what can fans expect to see from him when he fights Silva?

Notable Wins

  • UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis: vs. Demian Maia

At this stage in Weidman’s career, he was 7-0 and had a 3-0 record inside the Octagon. Fighting Maia was a huge step up in competition for him and he lived up to the hype. He picked up a unanimous decision victory against Maia that night.

  • UFC on Fuel TV: vs. Mark Munoz

In what was the first ever card Weidman was ever the main event in, he fought top-ranked middleweight contender, Munoz. Munoz is one of the most well-respected fighters in the weight class and a guy that many felt would make quick work of the younger fighter. Instead, Weidman shocked him and most fans watching with a second round knockout win. This win earned him Knockout of the Night honors and propelled him to the top of the middleweight rankings.

While Maia and Munoz were both talented fights for Weidman to beat, neither of them is Anderson Silva. For Weidman to win this fight at UFC 162, he will need to hope Silva takes him lightly. For someone that has dominated the division like Silva has, it would be easy for him to become stagnant, so it could happen. While Weidman is a talented fighter that can be champion one day, that day might not be July 6, 2013.