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Sperry: “Jacare’s” Tougher Opponent for Weidman Than Silva

Kelsey Mowatt


2013 is going to end with what will be one of the UFC’s biggest fights to date, when Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva throw down for a second time on December 28th. Since Weidman’s jaw dropping KO win over Silva at UFC 162, the MMA world has tirelessly debated why “The Spider” lost and further, if he can reclaim the middleweight belt.

One man who knows a few things about all this MMA stuff is PRIDE vet and decorated BJJ competitor Mario Sperry, who was also a coach for the Blackzilians. While speaking to recently, the 46 year-old  was asked for his take on Weidman-Silva II, and here’s what Sperry said:

“It will once again be a tough fight for Anderson due to the abilities of Weidman. The first fight was not easy, and the second will not be. Weidman will come even more prepared.”

Sperry’s certainly not the only MMA insider who shares that opinion. The “Zen Machine” also offered this interesting assessment, on whether “Jacare” Souza or Silva is a tougher opponent for Weidman.

“Comparisons are complicated, but I think their styles match. What does Weidman do best? Takedowns. What Jacare do best? Jiu – jitsu. So that’s why I think Jacare would be more complicated. Against Jacare, Weidman would be insecure, unsure if the fight would unfold standing or on the ground. Against Anderson, he can expect to fight standing. And this unpredictability makes, for me, Jacare more dangerous for Weidman. Also, I´m really impressed the way Jacaré is developing his MMA game. I see him training here every day. His ground game is amazing. He has dangerous weapons standing up, his cardio is absolutely impressive and his heart is scary. I see him with all the tools to be a champion.”

Of course, first things first with Weidman-Silva II, but Weidman-Souza would also be a pretty intriguing fight to catch.

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