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Calling the Shots – The Spider’s Web Edition

July 5, 2013

After 7 out of my 10 predictions for last months cards came up trumps I find myself sitting on a running total of 50/86 – 58.13%. As I continue in my quest to obtain a 60% success rate it’s time to put some picks up for the first of two cards taking place in July, and the  one I’m especially excited to see no less.  When Anderson Silva is in the Octagon we can normally look forward to something special. Sure, the fights with Cote, Leites and Maia might have been lackluster,  but for me those incidents are easily eclipsed by the laser-guided destruction of Chris Leben, the Matrix-like dismantling of Forrest Griffin, the crane-kick shellacking of Vitor Belfort or the Muay-Thai snotterings of Rich Franklin to name but a few.  Silva’s opponent at 162 is promising prospect Chris Weidman, from the Serra-Longo fight camp.  Weidman may well be a superstar of the future, but does he have what it takes to snatch the Middleweight belt away from Silva?

UFC 162

I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter that Chris Weidman might be the man to end Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva’s epic 17 fight win streak and 7 year title reign to an end.  This seems to be mainly based on the fact Weidman is an excellent grappler, and it’s been good wrestlers like Lutter, Henderson and of course Sonnen who’ve given Silva jitters in the past.  Add in Weidman’s slick submission game and impressive striking (that standing elbow on Mark Munoz… yikes) and I can sort of see why people might think he has a shot.  Alas, at this point of his career I can’t him getting the upset.   Silva will make Weidman pay for every takedown attempt and I’m confident he’s got too many tricks in his arsenal for the 9 fight youngster to handle.  Silva takes this one by (T)KO, but  Weidman will be back.  Silva’s got to retire some day and when that day comes Weidman will be one  of the guys that has a good chance of occupying the vacated middleweight throne.

On to the rest of the card…

Frank Edgar beats Charles Oliveria by decision

Tim Kennedy beats Roger Gracie by (T)KO

Mark Munoz beats Tim Boetcsh by (T)KO

Cub Swanson beats Dennis Siver by decision

I’m finding myself pushed for time so I’ll have to come back to July’s other card next week.  So enjoy the fights and beware the spider’s web…

 

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