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Anderson manager dismisses Weidman as "a joke"

Anderson manager dismisses Weidman as
July 26th 2012

Chris Weidman, Michael Bisping, Alan Belcher and a resurgent Vitor Belfort - what do they have in common?

Answer - they’ve all been dismissed as unworthy challengers by  Jorge Guimaraes, one half of the management team behind UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

Weidman is currently the front-runner for a shot, having beaten two top-tier opponents in a row and riding an unbeaten five-fight win streak in the UFC. But Guimaraes is unconvinced.

“That's a big joke. Everybody saw that it worked for Chael, and he got really famous with that, and now everybody wants to be in the spotlight. No opponent makes sense for Anderson at this moment - unless we do a catchweight against Georges St. Pierre,” he told Tatame.

“They didn't offer the fight, but he's the only one that could do a super fight. Anderson has the biggest paycheck in the UFC, and you can't promote an event with these amateur kids that are coming up now.”

A super fight with GSP is something that the UFC would love to see but the French-Canadian welterweight champion has never shown any sign of being interested and it is very unlikely to happen; Anderson has likewise been uninterested in moving up in weight for a superfight with light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

Weidman stated his case for a title shot via the Fighters Only website today. Anderson’s people aren’t keen on the fight at all. They say Weidman is too much of an unknown and not worthy of a shot. But Weidman says he is a “stylistic nightmare” for Anderson. Which of them is right?

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  • Michael from Stuttgart

    Posted at 23:54 on July 26th 2012

    I'm guessing Anderson's people don't and won't want any part of Weidman until their collective hands are forced by the UFC .. Chris Weidman is a stylistic nightmare for Anderson, Weidman can get the same positions Chael achieved but threaten Silva with submissions and ground and pound where Sonnen could only hold said positions.. I've been investing in combat fighting for almost 20 years and have seen few that can match Weidman's mind, body, and spirit.. I think people will be shocked when this fight is made and Vegas rolls out their opening number, I predict Anderson will be the smallest price of His championship reign.. I'll be going to this fight and will be betting Weidman with both hands at the window.. I'm a huge Chael Sonnen fan but Chris Weidman is what Chael wishes He was and could be, a finisher.. MFS

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  • Mike

    Posted at 22:18 on July 27th 2012

    I'm guessing Anderson's people don't and won't want any part of Weidman until their collective hands are forced by the UFC .. Chris Weidman is a stylistic nightmare for Anderson, Weidman can get the same positions Chael achieved but threaten Silva with submissions and ground and pound where Sonnen could only hold said positions.. I've been investing in combat fighting for almost 20 years and have seen few that can match Weidman's mind, body, and spirit.. I think people will be shocked when this fight is made and Vegas rolls out their opening number, I predict Anderson will be the smallest price of His championship reign.. I'll be going to this fight and will be betting Weidman with both hands at the window.. I'm a huge Chael Sonnen fan but Chris Weidman is what Chael wishes He was and could be, a finisher.. MFS

    I'm going to agree with you on this one Michael. He has takedown skills on par with Chael but has the KO power many wish including Chael himself had when he went up against Anderson. Wiedman is really impressive especially after having a full camp. He has awesome standup and great ground work so i would put some money on him

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  • Lewis

    Posted at 18:23 on July 28th 2012

    Weidman does NOT deserve a shot and Silva's management are right to point it out.

    There are far more deserving fighters.

    1) The winner of Bisping Vs Stann

    I don't think thatBelfort deserves another crack at the title but should Belcher beat him I think that Belcher has all of the skills to test Silva... A black belt in 3 styles (2 stand-up + BJJ). I fear he may not be up to the challenge of Silva though, however, I don't htink anyone is up to the challenge of Silva and that he will fight 2 maybe 3 more times and leave with the title he has defended so may times.

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  • John Bundy

    Posted at 07:21 on January 2nd 2014

    Weidman does NOT deserve a shot and Silva's management are right to point it out.



    There are far more deserving fighters.



    1) The winner of Bisping Vs Stann



    I don't think thatBelfort deserves another crack at the title but should Belcher beat him I think that Belcher has all of the skills to test Silva... A black belt in 3 styles (2 stand-up + BJJ). I fear he may not be up to the challenge of Silva though, however, I don't htink anyone is up to the challenge of Silva and that he will fight 2 maybe 3 more times and leave with the title he has defended so may times.


    How do you fell now? Please, take this as a sign that your opinions are worthless and your inability to recognize your mistakes is what makes you a looser. From now on you should doubt everything you think, because most likely, you are wrong.

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