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It has been so long a part of me was starting to wonder if it would ever happen. Today the UFC announced two title fights for this summer starting with Anderson Silva defending his middleweight title against Chris Weidman at UFC 162 and Renan Barao defending his interim bantamweight title at UFC 161.
Without a doubt, the fight everyone has been looking forward to is Silva vs Weidman. And its not for the obvious reason. I think everyone just loves to watch Anderson Silva fight. The guy is a human highlight reel. If you don’t know, then you should probably youtube him. Its remarkable the things he can do.
The thing I don’t think everyone gets is that Chris Weidman is a very dangerous opponent for Silva. He has the wrestling and submission skills to pose a threat to Silva. That said, I really doubt anyone is in the same league with Silva. Weidman may be a tough opponent but we’ve heard that argument before.
Still, there is this small underlying upset vibe that emanates from Weidman. He is like Clubber Lang and Anderson Silva is Rocky. Weidman has been ducked for so long, he might just actually pull it off. I don’t think Silva has been ducking Weidman but in a way he has by not accepting the fight sooner.
That type mind game may or may not be beneficial, time will tell. There are rumblings Silva took the fight knowing Weidman is still recovering from his shoulder surgery. I don’t think that is true because Silva doesn’t fear Weidman. If Weidman agreed to the fight, he is healthy and will be ready to fight. Period.
I do like the Renan Barao vs Eddie Wineland title fight though. Not because Wineland is going to be a good challenge but because it keeps the champs busy. Lets face it, title fights are what we all want to see–regardless of the opponent. The Barao announcement is a little sad though because it means Dominick Cruz is not anywhere near returning.
After Barao had dominated Michael McDonald, I really thought Cruz would be ready for a return in the summer to unify the bantamweight title. This announcement is pretty scary since it means Cruz is not as close to returning as we all had thought he was. Maybe Dana White was right, Cruz might be closer to retirement.
I certainly hope Dominick Cruz is going to return to the ring later this year. A fight between Cruz and Barao would be an amazing fight. I think both guys want it. For now, I am just glad the UFC is keeping its champions busy.