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Okay, my notes on Weidman are a jumbled mess, but here's a short but sweet breakdown of Chris Weidman after watching his 7 fights in the post-Anderson Silva Era. #Weidman #UFC #UFC230 #mmatwitter (cont.)
Chris Weidman, first of all, has an amazing top game. It's active, and is equally a threat from both submissions and TKO. Most of his career he was very durable, and has quite good stamina. He is also a huge MW, only mirrored in size by Weidman. He would be an average LHW.
Given his past 7 fights: Lyoto had a good chance in rnds 4 and 5 to knock him out. I think if that same fight played out today, Lyoto would have knocked him out in rnd 4. His chin is not at all what it was. Next is the Vitor fight. Vitor flurried on him hard. Chris survived, and
rained down devastating GnP on Vitor. I don't think he could take those same shots today. The next two fights are why...
His loss to Rockhold. Weidman was doing quite well. Rockhold has a shit style for the physical attributes his has. It doesn't mesh well. That said, against a similarly sized opponent, Weidman wasn't able to stop Luke's clench+takedowns, and had poor presence on the bottom.
The severe and extended beating Luke put on Weidman was the first crack in Chris's durability. It would be further broken open by the fucking nuclear missile that Yoel put on him. I want to stop and talk about this fight for a second in particular.
Yoel v Weidman is better than people remember. Yoel was actually down 2 rounds going into round 3. Yoel wasn't putting much out there, and was largely reactive to Weidman's pushes and continuous takedowns. Coming out of round 2, Yoel's corner told him that he had to get the...
finish. They expressed urgency. Yoel had spent 2 1/2 rounds fighting off single legs from Chris. He knew his opening. Chris feinted a single once, reset, hesitated, and then shot. Yoel was in motion before the 2nd shot. READ HIM LIKE A FUCKING BOOK. This crack forever busted..
Chris's durability. He's not Glass Joe, but he can't take the shots he used to. Also, one thing I noticed about Chris at this point is his self-confidence is incredible. Never in any fight did I see a point where I thought Chris was either hesitant or not confidence in his...
abilities, and that's actually one of Chris's weaknesses. Because of his confidence, he's not quite aware of the risk of the situation he puts himself in. That confidence and his current massive desire to get himself back on track and into the W column can be exploited. ...
Mousasi... pretty even. I don't think Moose ever felt in danger on the ground with Chris on top. Chris got clipped when he felt confidence enough to throw a couple of naked shots. He threw a high kick, reset, threw a right hand with no setup, and Moose tagged him with a...
stiff jab that setup the knees and finish. You can call it "Kneegate" if you want, but Chris was done. Those were legal. Against Kelvin, if it wasn't for the belt Kelvin would have beat Chris in round one. He was rocked hard and covered up against the fence. Also Kelvin...
who should be one weight class lower, did very well against Weidman (who should be one weight class higher) and his wrestling and BJJ attempts. Still, he ended up finishing the fight via arm-triangle, but I'm gonna say he was saved by the bell here. Next is Jacare...
Hell of a fight to both men. I need to rewatch this after last night, but a summary analysis told me a few things here. First, he felt more confident trying to stand up with Jacare than trying to take him down and either be in Jacare's guard or get reversed and be on the bottom..
... which, ok. Fine. If you think about "the legend of Jacare", it kind if makes sense. Anybody keeping up with him lately though knows that he's been a bit of a slugger in his past few fights. Ultimately, Chris felt very confident trying to stand with him. Chris does well...
when he has time to slow down and plan his moves out. When Chris is at his worst is in slugfests. He has a single layer of defense that is only there maybe 25% of the time, and the rest he tries to cover up with his ever-fading durability. Still, it was a fun fight. So...
What does this mean going forward for Weidman? What can he do? Should he go up a weightclass? Chris's success has been largely based on three things: his grappling, his durability, and his size. Seeing how his size compliments his grappling and his durability is fading...
I don't think that moving up to LHW is a good move for Weidman. I think he should try to slim down a little more and retain more water... protect his brain a bit. I also think he needs to stop being so confident in his standup. It's important, but he needs to use it to create
a bit of diversity for his single leg and bodylock based takedowns. I think training some judo a bit more would him well, his TD entrances, as well as recommitting to his BJJ. I don't see him winning the belt again, but he's a solid top 3-7 fighter in MW. That's the twitter...
version of my analysis. I know it's a bit long for this medium. I toyed with writing an actual article for this, but I don't know if anybody has interest in me writing in that format. Thanks for reading #UFC #MMA #UFC230 #MMAtwitter #Weidman
Also, I would appreciate any sort of feedback and additional observations from others in the community who might point out something I've missed. @Carnage_Unleash @Brandon_Nocaute @reneejess0205 @Rjballinbias @KillingTime2015 @The_MMA_Nerd @JackSlackMMA @BoxingBusch @BigToneMMA
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