Chris Weidman vs Anderson Silva UFC 162 Odds

Published on March 10th, 2013 2:55 pm EST

Earlier this week, the UFC officially announced that Anderson "The Spider" Silva will next be defending his Middleweight title against Chris Weidman at UFC 162 on July 6th, 2013.

Anderson Silva will be looking to make his 11th consecutive title defense when he takes on Weidman in July. During that streak, Silva has beaten the likes of Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen (twice), Yushin Okami and Vitor Belfort. In addition, a win for Silva over Weidman would give him his 17th straight victory in the UFC (Silva has also successfully jumped up to Light Heavyweight three times in his career).

Chris Weidman, on the other hand, earned his shot at Anderson Silva by destroying Mark Munoz at UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs Weidman. Having said that, Weidman has just nine professional fights under his belt, and maybe people feel as though he is not quite ready for a shot at the title as of yet.

Silva vs Weidman was certainly not the UFC's first choice. The UFC really wanted to put on Anderson Silva vs Georges St. Pierre, but St. Pierre decided that he wanted to fight Nick Diaz instead. After that, the UFC wanted to put on Anderson Silva vs Michael Bisping, but Vitor Belfort ended up sticking a wrench into those plans.

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As you may have guessed, Anderson Silva is currently a favorite to beat Chris Weidman at UFC 162.

Here are the current betting odds as of this moment:

Anderson Silva, -350
Chris Weidman, +250

These odds mean that a successful $350 bet on Silva would yield a total profit of $100, while a successful $100 bet on Weidman would return a total profit of $250.

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It should be noted that Anderson Silva opened as about a -220 favorite, but the line has quickly moved in his favor. I would expect Silva to be about a -350 to -400 favorite when the fight takes place in July.

Something else to keep in mind for this fight - Chris Weidman will be making his first appearance in the Octagon in nearly a year when he takes on Anderson Silva in July. Cage rust + facing Anderson Silva = a potentially long night for Chris Weidman.

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