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Chris Weidman on the Anderson Silva Fight: I Didn’t Look That Good, I Know I Can Do Better

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Chris Weidman shocked the world when he defeated the iconic Anderson Silva to claim the UFC middleweight championship.

Despite this tremendous feat, Weidman is his own harshest critic.

“I’m not a big fan of the first fight because I don’t think I looked that good, to be honest with you,” Weidman said at a recent press event. “I know I can be a lot better.”

That’s an intriguing comment considering that Weidman didn’t just scrape by in his bout with Anderson Silva, he arguably dominated the entire fight. Despite Silva’s antics, Weidman was able to take the former champ down in the first round, and then knock him out cold in the second.

A lot of fans and analysts have attributed the fight’s outcome to Anderson Silva’s actions, but if Chris Weidman is planning to come into the fight even more prepared, that might turn out to be the deciding factor in the rematch.

Weidman agrees, and doesn’t care what Silva is planning on doing this time around.

“Some of the questions I hear often are, ‘What do I think Anderson Silva’s going to do in this fight?’ ‘Do I think Anderson Silva is going to be playing around in this fight?’ ‘What do I expect from him?’” Weidman said. “I don’t expect anything. I don’t really care, I’m just going in there to fight my fight, so when people ask me those questions, it’s the first time I really think about it. I don’t think about what he’s going to be doing.”

The title fight rematch is set to headline UFC 168, which will take place on December 28.