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Chris Weidman eager to prove doubters wrong, earn more money

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09:56 PM ET 03.27 | UFC middleweight Chris Weidman is set to face UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in July, but isn't ready to renegotiate his contract just yet. The Long Island-native believes a win over Silva - something most experts don't expect to happen - will dramatically increase his bargaining power. "I think we're just going to keep the contract," Weidman said. "I'm definitely OK with making what I was making. I think I was making $24,000 (to show) and $24,000 (to win). I want to do that because then after I beat Anderson like I plan on doing, then obviously the contract will jump up more than if I was to rip up the contract now. I'm ready to put all my eggs in one basket and put my money where my mouth is." Weidman also fired back at critics who say he hasn't proven anything in his career that leads people to believe he has a chance against Silva, widely regarded as the best fighter alive. "People say I don't have that many fights, which is true, but I've never had an easy fight," Weidman contended. "Even when I was in Ring of Combat, we always wanted to get the best guys because I wanted to get that experience. Guys like Uriah Hall, who's coming up 'The Ultimate Fighter,' I fought that guy in my third fight. I put myself in a lot of risky positions fighting good guys. I could have fought 50 guys at this point and smoked every one of them, and it would be against nobodies, which a lot of guys do. But I always chose the toughest competition because I knew that was going to make me the best I could be."

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, Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
 
March 28, 2013  11:20 AM ET

" ....put your money where your mouth is". U gotta love this kid's attitude he will most definitely have his hands full come July.....can't wait!!

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