Chris Weidman, the UFC middleweight champion, walked into the octagon at UFC 162 on July 6 and did what no one else was able to do: give then-middleweight champ Anderson Silva his first UFC loss. Prior to the fight with Silva, Weidman was sidelined with a shoulder injury.
“I had a year off. I had two back-to-back surgeries. So I didn’t feel 100 percent, but I still felt good enough to get the win,” Weidman said Tuesday during the UFC 168 World Tour in Las Vegas
Weidman was able to secure an early takedown and attempt two submissions before knocking out the widely regarded greatest of all time with a left hook in the second round.
“I think I went out there and worked hard,” he said. “In the first round, I went for the heel hook and knee bar. I didn’t get it, but I went for it. I felt a little sluggish in there.”
Weidman said he was prepared to go the distance with Silva at UFC 162. It wasn’t his training or conditioning that had him experiencing issues, he said. Instead, the now-185-pound champ was experiencing ring rust.
“I was prepared to go five rounds in the last fight. I didn’t necessarily feel tired. I just felt off. I felt a little sluggish, a little slower.
“I’m excited to have a full camp and be able to not have to nurse an injury and I’m excited for this next fight.”