Kyle Terada - USA TODAY Sports
Kyle Terada – USA TODAY Sports

Chris “All-American” Weidman is scheduled to take on the reigning middleweight king Anderson “The Spider” Silva for the belt at UFC 162: “Silva vs. Weidman” on July 6, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, N.V.. He’s spoken about his desire to finish Silva several times, and definitely possesses the tools to pull it off.

Wanna get to know the challenger a bit more? Weidman shares a training experience, where he was helping out a close training partner GianVillante for his debut at UFC 159, when something went wrong on the mat.

“So I come off shoulder surgery.” Weidman said on The MMA HOUR. “I get announced I’m fighting Anderson Silva. My doctor said ‘You don’t want to train too early yet.’ Even though I’m not supposed to be sparring yet, I started sparring three five-minute rounds and I’m pushing the pace, I’m doing everything I can. One day I come in and my stomach is messed up. I couldn’t get off the toilet before sparring. And I’m like, ‘I’m gonna do my best, but I’m not gonna lie, I might have to run to the bathroom.’ I crap myself in sparring, I go to throw a punch — or a cross — and I crapped myself. Three five-minute rounds full of crap in my pants. I had really tight tights on so it stayed in there like a diaper. I didn’t just crap myself once, every time I exerted any bit of energy I crapped myself.”

When Weidman meets Silva in the middle of the Octagon in July, superfights will hang in the balance. If Weidman can take the title from the Spider, he’s said he would grant Silva an instant rematch. So what happens with Jones-Silva and GSP-Silva if the underdog wins? Also, where does Vitor Belfort go after his vicious spin-kick knockout at UFC on FX 8? An All-American victory can leave Belfort at a dead end in the middleweight division and all the superfights the fans have been anxiously waiting for will go right down the crapper.

Silva always remains confident in the Octagon due to his unbeaten streak, but the challenger also appears to have the same kind of confidence in his game. If he can wear Silva down with scrambles and repetitive takedowns and top control, he can tire the Spider out. But we’ve seen Silva in trouble against Chael Sonnen at UFC 117, before  he managed to find a way to win. Can Silva hypnotize his opponent once again and leave “Sin City” with the strap? Does Weidman lead the dance and come out the new middleweight champ?

We will find out on the fourth of July at UFC 162, when one of the world’s pound-for-pound best returns to try to deter the rise of the young gun.