UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman said he feels bad for Anderson Silva and doesn’t want to fight him again.
“It’s a tough injury to come back from,” Weidman told the LA Times. “I honestly would feel bad to fight him again. I know he’s going to be a little hesitant to kick me. He has to worry about getting knocked out. I’ve dropped him twice, knocked him out once. And I don’t know if it’d even be a fair fight to take.
Silva broke his leg when he kicked Weidman at last Saturday’s UFC 168 fight in Las Vegas. Silva kicked Weidman, but Silva’s broke his tibia and fibula after Weidman blocked it.
With the victory, Weidman put to rest any doubts that his first victory was a fluke. He TKO’d Silva in the first fight after Silva was clowning around. Silva put his chin out to be hit and Weidman decked him with a left hook, winning the title and erasing the Silva aura that he was the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.
It is unclear if Silva will return to MMA. He has indicated that he would like return to the cage, but no one knows how strong he will be after he starts to train again. At 38 years old, Silva might have difficulty getting a title show against the 29-year-old Weidman.
Weidman will next fight Vitor Belfort some time next year. The UFC has not yet announced a date. Weidman told the LA Times that he also would like to fight kickboxing expert Lyoto Machida.
“I feel I can adapt to most situations,” Weidman said. “The Machida fight, I know most people think that’ll be a difficult fight for me because he’s beaten a lot of wrestlers, but I’d be very confident in that fight, as well. I can adapt to different challenges.”