Chris Weidman has a lot of good things going for him. Winning the UFC middleweight championship and defeating arguably the greatest fighter of all time. He believes that Anderson felt his power and it was enough to declare him the better man.
He discussed his thoughts with La Time’s Lance Pugmire:
“He had felt my power and knew I was way more powerful than him, and he realized he couldn’t hurt me with anything he was going to do.
“I was in there right away trying to finish him, I don’t think he’s used to that. I didn’t really care where the fight went. I went for a kneebar and knew there was a risk of the guy getting back to his feet if I couldn’t finish. I either wanted to submit him on the floor or knock him out.
“I threw my forehead on his fists a few times, to let him know I wasn’t scared – ‘Give me your best shot, I’ll eat it.’ He was trying to get me to freeze up, make me feel like I didn’t belong in the cage with him.”
In the long run, it doesn’t matter because Anderson was unable to eat the left hook that sent him crashing onto the mat. Chris Weidman is the UFC middleweight champion and with the rematch on the horizon, there will be at least one more time to see if Anderson can handle the power of Chris Weidman and win back his UFC middleweight championship.