July 12, 2012

MMA Middleweight Shakeup

Last night on Fuel TV, rising middleweight contender Chris Weidman (9-0) dominated and destroyed an overmatched (and in my opinion an over-ranked) Mark Munoz (12-3). The performance was impressive as the former all-American wrestler (2000-01 at Oklahoma State) Munoz could do nothing to stop Weidman putting his back to the mat.

If you listened to the post-fight UFC hype-machine on Fuel TV, brought to you by Metro (no one is REALLY going there), they would have you believe Weidman is going to next fight Anderson Silva and beat him as well.

At 9-0 in his young mma career, Chris Weidman is a prospect to watch in the next year. He will fight for a title someday, hopefully not too soon as some seasoning against tougher opponents would do him well.

The list of opponents for Weidman is overall very average:

-Mark Munoz (12-3) by R2 KO
-Damien Maia (16-4) by decision
-Tom Lawlor (8-4) by R1 technical sub
-Jesse Bongfeldt (16-5-1) by R1 sub
-Alessio Sakara (15-9) by decision
-Valdir Araujo (10-3) by decision
-Uriah Hall (7-2) by R1 TKO
-Mike Steward (8-3) by R1 TKO
-Reubem Lopes (0-1) by R1 sub

I say let Chris Weidman get in line and beat some top fighters. Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Michael Bisbing,  Hector Lombard, Tim Boetsch, Luke Rockhold, Jacare Souza, Youshin Okami have all accomplished more than Chris Weidman to-date. Beat some of those A-level fighters and we can talk about fighting Anderson Silva.
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