Since signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2006, Anderson Silva embarked on an undefeated streak for a period of about seven years. During that time, he amassed sixteen consecutive victories under the UFC banner, making him the most dominant champion in the promotion’s history. His legendary middleweight reign came to an end when he was flatlined by a crushing left hook from Chris Weidman at UFC 162.
Silva will get a second chance to defeat the man who took his belt when he steps into the octagon on December 28th at UFC 168. According to Sportv, Silva attributes his loss to Weidman to just a few basic mistakes.
“My mistakes in that fight, and that’s the first time I’m saying this, were basic mistakes,” Silva explained. “I did everything I had to do except hit him. I didn’t counterattack. When I stopped with my feet parallel, I should have hit him and walked one step behind. I didn’t do that. I saw my mistakes and I’m working on that to train for this next fight.”
The claim is questionable, but who are we to doubt Anderson Silva? The man is one of the best fighters in MMA history. We’ll just have to wait until December 28th to find out if Silva’s analysis is true, or if Weidman is just the better fighter.