Chael Sonnen: Chris Weidman’s Key To Victory Is The Takedown
Although Chris Weidman stunned the world in his first fight with Anderson Silva by knocking the now former champion out with a left hook, many believe the rematch at UFC 168 will be much different.
On Fox Sports 1’s most recent episode of UFC Tonight, hosts Kenny Florian and Chael Sonnen shared their keys to victory for both fighters.
“Anderson Silva is the favorite in this fight. You could say in the last one he got caught,” Sonnen said. “What people miss, he was getting dominated before the knockout in the last one. Anderson has a big gap to close.”
“Anderson needs to go back to what he knows. He’s got to be on his wrestling game and to keep the range,” Florian said. “Leg kicks from the outside will help him keep the range. If he does get taken down, he’s got to work from the bottom, or get back to his feet. And he can’t be cocky.”
Many are unsure how the rematch will unfold, but Sonnen believes Weidman must use his grappling to find a victory this time.
“It’s the takedowns. He was a college all-American in wrestling. He’s got to move forward, he can’t back up,” Sonnen added. “He’s got to land the takedown, and have ground control. He’s got to look for a submission, but watch out for Silva’s submission attempts.”
When Sonnen and Silva fought, Sonnen was able to land takedowns with ease in the first fight, but the second fight was a different story. Sonnen said it was due to his showboating in the octagon. “That’s how he sets you up. He’s like the Medusa; he freezes you and gets you to turn to stone, then knocks you out. He did that to stop the take downs in the first fight,” Sonnen said.