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Chris Weidman shocked the world when he knocked the previously dominant Anderson Silva out cold. So what is his game plan going into the rematch? Do it again, of course.
In a recent interview, Weidman stated that he felt a bit sluggish in the last fight, having just recovered from two surgeries. This time, though, he’ll be 100 percent.
“I’m expecting a war, just like I expected the first one,” he said on The MMA Hour. “I’m going to be going for the finish. I expect to feel better in this fight, I won’t have to deal with coming off two surgeries. I just feel like a was a bit sluggish in that last fight; didn’t really feel 100 percent myself, but I got the ‘W,’ which is good, but in this next fight I feel like I will be a bit more comfortable and confident to go out there and do what I gotta do.”
He added that he expects to see a “serious Silva” in December, and hopes that a win here will finally put the doubts about his championship to rest.
“I knew going into this fight that I was going to have to fight him again and that’s what I wanted,” he continued. “If there wasn’t a lot of doubters right now, this next fight wouldn’t be something that people want to see. But, there are a lot of people that can’t fathom Anderson Silva actually losing to anybody. So, the fact that I got him and knocked him out while he was doing his taunting that he does in every one of his fights; people are just going to say that he wasn’t serious. So, I guess the ‘serious Silva’ is going to come out on December 28 and we will see if I got lucky or not.”
UFC 168 will take place on December 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will be headlined by a championship bout between Anderson Silva and the recently crowned Chris Weidman. A women’s bantamweight fight between rival TUF coaches Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate will co-headline the night.