That was in 2008.
Weidman began training in MMA in 2009, and has won every fight he's competed in since. He is 9-0 as a professional, 5-0 in UFC, and Saturday night, he will attempt to become the first to defeat Silva inside the Octagon.
Silva officially will defend his 185-pound title Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena against Weidman after both fighters made weight Friday. The champion weighed 184 pounds; Weidman tipped the scale at 185 for the UFC 162 main event.
"He's the man, but this is my time to shine," Weidman said. "[Saturday night] history is being made."
Weidman is considered to be Silva's most dangerous foe in years. Silva has shown little concern in the days leading up to the fight, though he attempted to get under Weidman's skin during the traditional post-weigh-in stare-down. Silva took several steps toward Weidman, getting close enough for their noses to touch. Weidman took offense to Silva's action, and the two exchanged words. Afterward, Silva smiled and offered words of respect for his opponent.
"All the fighters who fight in UFC are the best," said Silva, who has a 33-4 overall record. "The fight tomorrow is the best fight in the world. Chris Weidman gets a chance to fight for the title. I fight for my fans."
Every fighter slated to compete on the UFC 162 card made weight.
Former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, making his second appearance at featherweight, weighed 146 pounds. His opponent, Charles Oliveira, came in at 144. Things also got a bit testy between Edgar and Oliveira after they weighed in. During the stare-down, the fighters shoved one another slightly. UFC president Dana White jumped between them to prevent the situation from getting out of hand.