Renzo Gracie Says Chris Weidman Will Submit Anderson Silva
“I do believe [Chris Weidman’s] going to submit him, yes,” Brazilian jiu jitsu and MMA legend Renzo Gracie said of his student, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman (right). “He’s getting better every day. If Anderson doesn’t improve his ground game, he will be in trouble this time.”
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
This December, the UFC will host the highly anticipated rematch between middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva. In their first fight, Weidman won by upsetting the odds and defeating Silva, who was then champion, with a second round knockout.
According to Weidman’s jiu jitsu coach Renzo Gracie, the champion will finish Silva again in the rematch – only this time with jiu jitsu.
“He will submit him,” Gracie told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. “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.”
In their first fight, at UFC 162, Weidman did attempt a leglock, but Silva was able to defend it. According to Gracie, Silva won’t be able to avoid Weidman’s submission game the second time around.
“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, he is going to take Anderson down and submit him.”
UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman will face Anderson Silva at UFC 168, which takes place December 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.