Weidman Ready to Take on Machida at UFC 175
By PDG Staff
Las Vegas will come alive once again this 4th of July Weekend as the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
After Demetrious Johnson’s sensational victory at UFC 174 on June 14, Chris Weidman will be defending his middleweight championship title against former lightweight champion Lyoto Machida in the headline event on July 5th.
Weidman will be feeling particularly ready to fight after the postponement of the match, which was originally set to take place at UFC 173 on May 24th. The 30-year-old could not take part due to a knee injury, but is now back and feeling fighting fit.
Having previously defeated the ‘king’ Anderson Silva, Weidman certainly has a reputation to uphold, but he should not underestimate the power of his opponent. A highly unorthodox fighter, Machida is known for his particularly violent style, and we can expect blood to be shed.
The statistics stack up interestingly for both fighters: while Weidman has won every one of his 11 matches, Machida has been defeated four times, but has fought in 25 matches.
Back in February, betting websites like www.bettingsports.com had Weidman down as the -220 favorite, while Machida was considered the +180 underdog. Today, despite overcoming a knee injury, Weidman remains the favorite, with average odds of 2/5, while Machida is rated as 6/4.
Other fights that we’re looking forward to seeing are the heavyweights as Stefan Struve will be taking on Matt Mitrione. The battle should be particularly exciting given Struve’s recovery from previous heart troubles – the 26-year-old recently suffered from a leaking aortic valve and an enlarged heart, with doctors initially predicting that he may never fight again.
He’s certainly feeling ready for the match and has even got spectators excited with some smack talk. Back in May, Struve deemed Mitrione “pathetic” and claimed that he had made the fight personal.
“In Macau, he was really interested in my heart condition, so I explained to him what was going on and all that. Then, a couple of months later, even before I’m cleared to return to the Octagon, you tell Joe Silva that you want to fight me for my comeback fight?” he told MMAWeekly.com with some vitriol.
The event on July 5th will also see women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey taking on Alexis Davis, in a highly anticipated match which will be refereed by top class referee Herb Dean.
With so much tension leading up to the 4th of July matches, UFC 175 should be one hell of a night.
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