Dana White says fighters predict Chris Weidman will beat Anderson Silva

Dana White would like you to believe Chris Weidman can beat Anderson Silva

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Nov 17, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada;  Anderson Silva gives a press conference to members of the media prior to UFC 154 at the Bell Centre.  Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY SportsUFC president Dana White prides himself in being an outstanding MMA promoter.

Perhaps that's why he's trying to convince fans that middleweight champion Anderson Silva might actually lose to challenger Chris Weidman this Saturday at UFC 162.

Silva hasn't lost a single fight in the UFC, carrying a 17-fight winning streak into this fight. Weidman is undefeated, 9-0 in his career and 5-0 in the UFC, so it's not like he's a pushover.

But White claims that Weidman's strengths are Silva's weaknesses, and pretty much every pro MMA fighter thinks that Silva will be beaten.

"Every fighter out there that I’ve talked to and every fighter we’ve interviewed thinks Weidman is going to beat Anderson. All the pros think this is the biggest challenge Anderson has ever faced in the UFC. These are the guys who know the sport, the pros, and they are all saying Weidman could really shock the world. This is a huge fight in the middleweight division."

As much as Dana wants to pretend this is going to be a tough fight, let's be real. We don't even know what Anderson Silva's weaknesses are, or if he even has any at all.

The only time Silva has shown any weakness since joining the UFC was when he got tossed around by Chael Sonnen and his Olympic-level wrestling for 4 rounds in their first matchup. Then, in the rematch, Silva beat Sonnen handily, knocking him out in the 2nd round.

Is Silva's wrestling defense still considered a weakness? Sonnen wasn't able to do much in their second fight, which would lead you to believe that Silva worked on that aspect of his game and tied up the few loose ends remaining in his game.

So are we now to believe that Chris Weidman can figure out the puzzle that is Anderson Silva? Weidman's opponents so far have been decent UFC fighters, but none are currently legitimate title contenders.

I'd love to believe that this will somehow be a tough fight for Silva, and that there's a legitimate chance that he could lose, but let's be serious. That's just not happening.
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