Chris Weidman has long considered himself the greatest middleweight mixed martial artist in the world, and UFC 162 was his chance to prove it. He did so emphatically, earning himself a stunning second round knockout victory over one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters of all time.
Despite his success against Anderson Silva, the critics remained. Silva threw the fight! If Anderson would have taken him seriously it would have been a different story! He just caught him clowning around with a lucky punch!
The new champion hears the criticism, but he remains utterly confident in his own abilities. On December 28, 2013 at UFC 168, the undefeated New Yorker will look to build upon his own legacy by defending his belt against the former champion in one of the most anticipated rematches in UFC history.
For his part, Weidman believes he will prove that his victory was anything but a fluke. In fact, to hear the champion tell it, their second match won’t look too different from the first. Weidman spoke to MMA Junkie about his thoughts on the forthcoming rematch:
“He wouldn’t be so good just putting his hands up and looking like a typical Thai boxer. You know what the guy is going to do more if he’s doing that. He likes to come from different angles from his hands down. Trust me, he’s not coming in like you think he’s going to be coming in. People say that he’s going to get pissed off, and it’s going to be this whole new Anderson Silva – it’s going to be easier. I’m very happy with the situation, and it’s exactly where I thought I was going to be, and it’s time to prove myself again on (Dec.) 28, so I’m excited.”
Let us know what you think of Weidman’s chances in the most highly anticipated rematch of the year!