The best pound-for-pound mixed martial artist in the world, Anderson "The Spider" Silva, will face No. 1 contender Chris Weidman for the middleweight title on Saturday, July 6, in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's UFC 162. The co-main event will feature former three-time lightweight champion Frankie Edgar facing off against Charles Oliveira. Two middleweight kingpins, Tim Boetsch and Mark Munoz, will round out a great main card for a post Fourth of July celebration.
The undercard will be aired live on network cable TV and will feature fan favorite Chris "The Crippler" Leben along with perhaps the most underrated bout on the card between heavyweights Gabriel Gonzaga and Dave "Pee Wee" Herman.
All the bouts on the main card will be aired on Pay-Per-View and the undercard live on TV and the internet.
Main Card: Pay-Per-View
Anderson "The Spider" Silva vs. Chris "The All-American" Weidman
Anderson Silva - Curitiba, Brazil, 6-2, 185 pounds, 33-4-0, Middleweight Champion
Chris Weidman - Baldwin, N.Y., 6-2, 185 pounds, 9-0-0, No. 1 Contender
The undefeated Chris Weidman has loaded up the bandwagon with many picking him to defeat Anderson Silva in what will be the biggest upset in UFC history. Some notables picking Silva to lose are Urijah "The California Kid" Faber, Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann, Brendan "The Hybrid" Schaub and Josh Thomson.
Look, I understand it's cool to pull for the underdog-Weidman is the new kid on the block and has a ton of potential-but at the end of the day, he has only nine fights. Silva has more than that just defending his belt in the UFC.
Weidman could give Silva problems, but keep in mind that if he does pull off an upset, he will have to do it twice as it is almost certain that Silva will get an immediate rematch.
Everyone is beatable, but until it happens in the Octagon, my money is on the greatest fighter ever to compete in mixed martial arts, Anderson "The Spider" Silva.
Silva by Knockout
Frankie "The Answer" Edgar vs. Charles "Do Brox" Oliveira
Frankie Edgar - Summit, N.J., 5-6, 145 pounds, 14-4-1, Former Lightweight Champion
Charles Oliveira - Sao Paulo, Brazil, 5-10, 145 pounds, 16-3-0
Frankie Edgar looks to revamp his career after losing three consecutive fights-all title shots. He had only lost one previously in his entire career. Edgar needs a win here in the worst way because a fourth consecutive loss could shatter his confidence.
It looks like the UFC has fed him a somewhat average journeyman to get back into the win column. However, if Edgar loses here, I don't see him ever being more than a gatekeeper in the UFC.
Edgar by Unanimous Decision
Tim Kennedy vs. Roger Gracie
Tim Kennedy - San Luis Obispo, Calif., 5-11, 185 pounds, 15-4-0
Roger Gracie - Rio de Janeiro, 6-4, 185 pounds, 6-1-0
Kennedy by Split Decision
Mark "Filipino wrecking machine" Munoz vs. Tim" The Barbarian" Boetsch
Mark Munoz - Yokosuka, Japan, 6-0, 185 pounds, 12-3-0
Tim Boetsch - Lincolnville, Maine, 6-0, 185 pounds, 16-5-0
Tim Boetsch, one of the strongest men pound-for-pound in the UFC, will look to keep climbing his way to a title shot in the middleweight division. Boetsch is one of the few men to beat Yushin Okami in the UFC and looks to take on Mark Munoz, a consistent Top 10 contender and national championship wrestler.
Munoz has been on the cusp of a title shot twice in his short career and said he is healthy now and feeling the best he has ever felt.
"We know in mixed martial arts there is no offseason," Munoz said from his home in Lake Forest, Calif. "I was fighting every three months for two years-fighting and training-and then take a week off, then fighting and training again. So, there was no time for my body to heal."
It will be just five days shy of a year since the last time Munoz entered the Octagon. He feels this extra time since has enabled his body to mend fully after a broken foot and elbow surgery.
"I've had a year to heal my body and so now I'm just so excited to step back into the Octagon," Munoz said. "I'm very prepared to go into this fight technically, but not only technically, but also physically and mentally as well."
If Boetsch is as healthy and mentally ready as Munoz, this will be a favorite for Fight of the Night.
Munoz by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Cub Swanson vs. Dennis Siver
Cub Swanson - Palm Springs, Calif., 5-7, 145 pounds, 19-5-0
Dennis Siver - Omsk, Russia, 5-7, 145 pounds, 21-8-0
A great way to kick off the Pay-Per-View will be a stand-up war between two of the most dangerous men in the featherweight division. Cub Swanson is on a four fight winning streak-three of those came by the way of knock-out. Dennis Siver, who is a black-belt in taekwondo will be entering the Octagon with two Knockout of the Night awards on his UFC resume, both coming by the way of spinning backkicks.
These two should light the Octagon on fire from start to finish.
Swanson by Unanimous Decision
Undercard: Live on FX Channel
Chris "The Crippler" Leben vs. Andrew Craig
Leben by TKO (Strikes)
Norman Parke vs. Kazuki Tokudome
Parke by Unanimous Decision
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Dave "Pee-Wee" Herman
Herman by TKO (Strikes)
Edson Barboza vs. Rafaello Oliveira
Barboza by Knockout
Live on facebook.com/ufc
Seth Baczynski vs. Brian Melancon
Baczynski by Unanimous Decision
Mike Pierce vs. David Mitchell
Pierce by Unanimous Decision
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