In their first meeting for the middleweight title, Chris Weidman was able to viciously knock out Anderson Silva to claim the 185-pound crown. The two now have their rematch at UFC 168, where Weidman will be looking to prove the doubters wrong and show that his first win was no fluke.
One man who has been watching Weidman train for the fight, Renzo Gracie, believes that Weidman will once again be able to come away with a stoppage win.
However, this time, Gracie believes that Weidman will be able to finish Silva on the ground with a submission.
“He will submit him,” Gracie told Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting. “I do believe he’s going to submit him, yes. He’s getting better every day. If Anderson doesn’t improve his ground game, he will be in trouble this time.
“I like Anderson a lot, he’s an unbelievable champion. It’s going to be a tough fight, but Weidman is the one for that task. If Anderson is not that careful, (Weidman) is going to take Anderson down and submit him.”
Many believed that a submission win was Weidman’s only chance of victory in their first meeting, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that Gracie is pointing to that method of victory.
If Weidman is able to score a second stoppage win over the greatest mixed martial arts fighter to ever walk the planet, there will be no doubt that Weidman is now the best in the world. Regardless of what happens, Weidman has made a name for himself and he has a bright future ahead.