Chris Weidman (9-0, 3 KO's, 3 Subs) vs. Anderson Silva (33-4, 20 KO's, 6 Subs)
Silva's reign of terror is over after UFC 162. I'm putting it right out there and for a more detailed analysis of this fight.
The long and short of the whole deal is that Weidman is unlike any other opponent Silva has faced. Weidman may be the best ground grappler on the planet at this moment in time. He took a fight on short notice against bona fide BJJ legend Demian Maia and had to cut 32 pounds in 10 days to make weight en route to a unanimous decision victory. He then blasted big banger Mark Munoz in his last fight to get his ticket punched to a championship showdown with Silva. The time has come for Silva to sit down or get knocked the f**k out. Welcome your new middleweight king, Chris Weidman.
Play Weidman +210 at WilliamHill.com in your UFC odds.
Frankie Edgar (15-4, 4 KO's, 3 Subs) vs. Charles Oliveira (16-3, 6 KO's, 9 Subs)
If you don't feel at least a little twinge of sympathy for Frankie Edgar, then you sir or madam, have no soul. That's laying it on a bit thick but Edgar held the UFC Lightweight title with distinction. He never ran from anyone, took on all comers and showcased his enormous talents with a never say die attitude. He outworked all his opponents and never stopped until the final bell.
But then the grind of competing against elite talent in a thoroughly stacked division caught up with him. He lost his belt to a too tall and too smooth Ben Henderson in a unanimous decision then lost again to him six months later in a split decision. Edgar decided to drop down and challenge Jose Aldo for the featherweight title but was once again on the wrong end of a unanimous decision. Usually three consecutive losses in the UFC spell a date with the unemployment line but Dana White knows what Frankie Edgar is all about and he's not going anywhere except back inside the Octagon.
Edgar has the heart of a lion, the skills of a champion but no division to seize. The current crop of champs are just half a click too good. Maybe he'll cut weight and throw down with Dominick Cruz at bantamweight. But whatever Edgar decides, he's not just a gatekeeper at lightweight or featherweight, he's a legitimate top contender and Charles Oliveira will find that out at UFC 162.
Play Frankie Edgar -400 in a parlay at WilliamHill.com in our UFC picks.
Cub Swanson (19-5, 7 KO's, 7 Subs) vs. Dennis Siver (21-8, 5 KO's, 9 Subs)
This is stacking up as a great fight which features a pair of featherweights looking for a shot at Jose Aldo. Siver has recently dropped down ten pounds from the lightweight ranks to the feathers and both his matches at 145 have been unanimous decision victories.
Cub Swanson has been far more prolific in victory recently with three consecutive KO's until has last bout when he earned a unanimous decision over Dustin Poirier in London. This one is tough to gauge particularly with Siver dropping down in weight.
Siver is more well rounded than Swanson. He has experience in BJJ, Tae Kwon Do, Sambo, Kickboxing and Judo. If you happen to recall his jaw-dropping TKO of Paul Kelly back in 2009 then you know he can be devastating when he puts it all together. The only problem is that he is not KO'ed anyone since that time but maybe that will all change at UFC 162. After reviewing the UFC odds, Siver is a very generous underdog. I think this is a flip of the coin so with that, why not grab all that juice?