When Chris Weidman (10-0) knocked out longtime reigning middleweight champ Anderson Silva (33-5) at UFC 162, many called it a fluke.
The twenty-nine year old former collegiate wrestler will be looking to silence his critics when he steps into the octagon at UFC 168 in his first title defense, and rematch, against the man he dethroned not so many months ago.
During a recent interview with MMA Weekly, Weidman shared his thoughts on his upcoming bout against Silva, and he said he’s not making any excuses.
“I didn’t make any excuses in my mind for why I should lose. This time, there’s really no excuses for me to lose,” he said.
Weidman also talked about his critics who believe his first victory over the Brazilian mixed martial arts legend was just a fluke and how important this title defense is to his legacy.
“I feel the same as a lot of other champions. I feel like to solidify my championship, I need to defend my belt especially going in against the same guy and everybody saying it was a fluke.”
Silva has said before that Weidman just got a lucky punch. Many fighters also believe that Silva’s dancing around with his hands by his hips is what cost him the fight. Therefore, it’s not likely that we’ll see “The Spider” mocking his challenger this time around when he steps into the cage to reclaim his belt.
As for Weidman, if he’s smart he’ll try to take Silva down and ground-and-pound his way to a victory. Silva isn’t the type of fighter to make the same mistake twice, so he’ll probably be watching out for Weidman’s left hook in their rematch.
UFC 168 takes place on December 28th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.