That's hardly news. Silva not only is widely considered the greatest active fighter in the world, many believe he is the best mixed martial artist of all time.
Hoping to mimic Silva's less-than-conventional striking style, Weidman brought Thompson to his camp as a sparring partner. As the early days of camp unfolded, Thompson again found himself shocked.
He assumed that it would take Weidman a while to deal with his striking. Weidman is a wrestler and had never fought anyone with Thompson's striking ability.
Thompson was shocked when Weidman easily dealt with his strikes.
Silva is a little better than a 2-1 favorite to defeat Weidman and retain his belt, though those are the shortest odds on Silva in years.
Weidman hasn't fought since July 11, 2012, when he defeated Mark Munoz in a shockingly one-sided manner.
Those are bold words when talking about a largely unproven guy going against the best of all time.
But Thompson has been on both sides and said he's totally sincere.