MANILA, Philippines – Veteran UFC fighter Dan Henderson warned Chris Weidman that his chin will be tested when he takes on Anderson “The Spider” Silva for the middleweight championship at UFC 162 on July 6.
“He hasn’t been very well tested with his chin,” Henderson said of Weidman in an interview with Rick J. Lee. “And Anderson definitely will test is. He’s very accurate with his striking.”
Silva, who has held the UFC’s middleweight belt since 2006, has connected on 67.8% of his significant strikes since making his UFC debut and has won 20 of fights via knockout.
Even Henderson, who is known for his strong chin, was wobbled by Silva when they fought at UFC 82 in 2008.
Henderson admitted that he is not very familiar with Weidman’s work, although he believes the challenger can give Silva a tough fight.
“I really haven’t seen much of Chris Weidman,” Henderson admitted. “I know he’s very well-rounded, and very tough, and just a tough dude on his feet and a wrestler as well.”
“So I think he’s capable of putting Anderson on his back and also striking with him,” he added.
But Henderson is still favoring the Brazilian legend to retain his championship.
“I would probably have to bet on Anderson if I was going to bet,” he said.