After losing his title in spectacular fashion to underdog Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva made it clear that he’s training hard for their rematch set for UFC 168. In a recent interview with Combate though, Silva’s apparent choice of training partners makes it seem like he’s not taking this fight as seriously as everyone wants him to.
“I had a nightmare with Weidman, but I don’t fear him,” said Silva. “He is determined, but has two arms and two legs just like me. Now I’ll bring Chuck Norris [to my camp]. I’ll bring both, Chuck Norris and Steven Seagal.”
This wouldn’t be the first time that the Brazilian fighter has gone to the Aikido master for pointers. Silva trained with Seagal before his fight with Vitor Belfort at UFC 126, with Seagal going as far as claiming that he invented the kick Silva used to end the fight.
As for Chuck Norris, it’s hard to tell if Silva is actually interested in bringing him in for a training session, or if he’s just joking around. Norris is fairly well connected with the BJJ world, having earned a brown belt under the Machado family, but has so far not been very involved in mixed martial arts.
Either way, Silva has been known for unorthodox training methods in the past. However, with the rematch only months away, he may need to start taking the possibility of a second loss a bit more seriously.
In the interview, the fighter also addressed the long-rumored superfight with Jon Jones. “I hope it happens,” he said. “That’s the fight everybody is waiting for.”
You can be sure that such a fight would depend a lot on whether or not Silva can avenge his loss and reestablish his dominance over his division.
UFC 168 is currently scheduled for December 28.