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St-Pierre: Weidman beats Anderson Silva quickly

ESPN staff
March 11, 2013
Anderson Silva to fight Chris Weidman at UFC 162

Georges St-Pierre has added more intrigue to a potential showdown between he and Anderson Silva by claiming the Brazilian will be comfortably beaten by Chris Weidman later this year.

St-Pierre and Silva have long been linked to a super-fight, after ruling their respective welterweight and middleweight divisions for years. A showdown may finally happen in the next 12 months.

However, first to face Silva is middleweight up-and-comer Weidman, who stylistically appears to be a genuine examination for the champion.

St-Pierre has his own fight with Nick Diaz - which takes place on Saturday at UFC 158 - to think about, but he predicts Weidman will shock the world by stopping Silva when the pair meet at UFC 162 on July 6.

"My friend Chris Weidman, when I see him in training, I believe he's going to beat Anderson Silva," St-Pierre told Sportsnet. "I believe it's a bad matchup for Anderson Silva. It's very bad.

"Not only is he going to beat [him], I believe he's going to finish Anderson Silva. I believe it's not going to be too long, that fight. People will be shocked.

"Anderson Silva is smart because Chris Weidman, he comes back from an injury, a long layoff, so it's the time to fight him right now. It's going to be the best time to fight Chris Weidman right now, so Chris needs to be sure he needs to get very well-prepared for this fight."

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