Originally Posted by RJ43
He CAN, but Machida is about as bad a match up there is for Weidman. Machida won't fear the TD and is WAY faster than Weidman. Machida is built much better for Weidman than Silva ever was.
Then again if he back pedals all night and doesn't throw much Weidman will win a la Davis and Rampage.
I don't think you guys are giving Weidman enough respect. I think it would be a close fight. If nothing else, Weidman has shown himself to be a smart and well trained fighter. He also has decent striking and a long reach. I don't think he'd give Machida a lot of openings. If anything there is no reason to think that Machida's recent troubles wouldn't carry over to 185. The 5 rounds would certainly help though.