Undefeated fighter Chris Weidman (10-0) made mixed martial arts history at UFC 162 when he ended Anderson Silva’s (33-5) nearly seven-year middleweight title reign. But for the “All-American,” knocking out Silva just once isn’t enough.
Weidman wants to beat Silva again and cement his status as the UFC’s middleweight king, and he isn’t shy of revealing how he plans on doing it.
“I’m telling Anderson Silva my game plan. This is my game plan; I’m going to walk forward, I’m going to put pressure on him, I’m going to cut him off. If he has his hands down, I’m punching him in his face. If he has his hands up, and he’s expecting me to punch him in the face, I’m taking him down. I’m not afraid to get hit. I’m going to be walking forward with my chin down, and my teeth gritted. I don’t care what he throws at me, I’m going to be there.”
In their first bout, Weidman flatlined Silva with a crushing left hook in the second round after the now former-champ spent most of his time mocking his challenger instead of fighting him. It’s not likely that Silva will make the same mistake twice, and Weidman knows that. If he loses to Silva in their rematch, many will consider his first victory a fluke, and Weidman wants to make sure that’s not how he’s remembered in the MMA history books.
“I have to beat Anderson Silva this next time. I have to solidify my first victory, and solidify myself as a champion by winning again.”
UFC 168 takes place on December 28th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.