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Silva Set For Toughest Test Yet Versus Weidman At UFC 162

Posted by Jack "The Hammer" Howard on 7/2/2013 8:03:44 PM

UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva is widely considered the most dominant pound-for-pound champion in the world. He is still just a -250 online sports betting favorite to beat his next opponent, Chris Weidman. That is a true reflection of how talented Weidman is, and how legitimate of a threat he is to take the title when the two meet at the UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman event. Silva is 37-years old and will not be able to stand alone on top of the division forever, and there are some that feel this will be his toughest test yet in the UFC.

UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman
(33-4-0) Anderson Silva vs. Chris Wiedman (9-0-0)
Saturday July 6, 2013
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
UFC Sportsbook Line: Silva – 250

Silva’s UFC-record streak of 16-straight wins and 10-consecutive title defenses will be on the line against Weidman’s perfect record in professional fights, which he improved to 9-0 with his most recent win over Mark Munoz. Weidman is the younger of the two, and it will be interesting to see how his speed and power match up against the best.

UFC Betting Preview: Anderson Silva

The last time that Silva was forced to reflect on a loss was a disqualification back in 2006, before he even competed in the UFC. Silva has never lost under his current banner, but he has drawn criticism from some sports betting experts that feel he has not faced the toughest of competition in recent years. It’s impossible to outright criticize a fighter that has been so dominant for so long, but it isn’t as though Chael Sonnen and Stephan Bonnar are considered the type of elite talents that would really threaten Silva’s run.

UFC Betting Preview: Chris Weidman

Weidman on the other hand is considered a top talent that is in his prime and worthy of challenging for a title, with five-straight UFC wins to improve to 9-0 all-time. Fresh off his Knockout of the Night honors in a win over Munoz, Weidman is a confident and aggressive fighter that has all of the tools to be an elite champion. A former NCAA Division I wrestler, Weidman is an excellent striker with the speed and power to end a fight at a moment’s notice, but he is also smart enough to pick his spots. This fight could come down to whom lands that one key blow, but Weidman will need to be patient.

UFC Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Time and again we have heard about the potential for pure strikers to land that one blow that will take out Silva and time and again it hasn’t happened, but the oddsmakers have taken notice of how talented the challenger is and Weidman does have all of the skills it takes to win this fight. Silva has been on top for almost seven full year, but this will be the bout that sends shockwaves through the promotion as the most dominant pound-for-pound champion of all-time finally falls and Weidman takes his place on the biggest stage of them all.

UFC Betting Pick: Chris Weidman + 200

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