On Saturday night, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman will have yet another tough challenge ahead as he takes on top contender Lyoto Machida in the main event of UFC 175 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Prior to the fight, the folks on the set of UFC Tonight dissected the fight and shared their thoughts on how they could see the fight going down and which ways each man will have the advantage in the cage.
“To be the man, you have to beat the man. Weidman did it twice. I think Weidman’s the best, not only at 185, but could be at 205. But Lyoto Machida is the anti-wrestler. Machida has a really sneaky way to keep you from getting him down. This will be a very close fight,” top light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier said.
“For Weidman, he needs to keep his front foot on the outside of Machida’s foot – it’s boxing 101 – whoever has the outside foot, leads the dance. He finds his angle and punch, punch, and makes Lyoto reset his feet and then he can attack the takedown. If he gets the takedown, he’s a great grappler from the top and has to control fight from there.”
Cormier’s co-host, Kenny Florian, also shared his thoughts on the bout.
“Weidman beat the GOAT, the greatest of all time – Anderson Silva, not just once, but twice. He has the wrestling, the striking and the confidence. But Lyoto is fast, has great striking, keeps the range and has a great strategy. He’s one of the best in the UFC. Machida keeps guys on the outside, and frustrates them by leading them in,” said Florian.
“He goes back, back and back, and then throws a punch right down the middle. He also uses the angles very well.”
It will be interesting to see how everything plays out on Saturday night, but there is one thing for sure: All of the fans in the arena will be on their feet and the tensions will be high.
We will just have to see if Weidman’s impressive run continues or if we will be seeing a new champion’s hand raised.