The grisly fashion in which the second bout between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman was certainly a surprise to everyone watching. Silva broke his leg over Weidman’s knee due to a perfectly timed check to the kick.
Immediately after Silva went down, writhing in pain, there is an audio clip from Weidman’s corner which reveals what Weidman’s corner thought about the situation. The words that were spoken were, as Matt Serra says, were used before they knew the extent of the injury.
The former UFC welterweight champion Serra trains Weidman and was in his corner that night at UFC 168 when he uttered the words “good, f— him” when Silva went down. Serra told the MMAHour that he spoke out of passion and didn’t know the extent of Silva’s injury.
“I did not see, and none of us saw, what happened. We saw him just drop. I didn’t see Chris throw a strike. You know, Patrick Cote, when he fought Anderson and his leg seized up, everything happened so fast. And you’ve got to understand, we are in battle mode. And we’re a tight group, we all care about each other. And you’re fighting Anderson Silva, and the guy can throw a front kick out of nowhere and the fight can be over.”
Serra backed up his claims by bringing to light that the crass nature in which the responded to the end of the fight is just how they talk about a fight with a man who can legitimize their trainee and friend with a second victory over him.
“For two months, me and Longo are talking every night, ‘Alright listen man, he does this, he does these shenanigans. This is where he’s going to fuck him. This is where the kid’s going to fuck him. This is where Chris is going to get him. If he gets him here on the floor, I swear this is where he’s going to fuck the guy.’ This is how we talk. I hate to say it, but I’m being honest with you. As far as Chris, we even tell him the mentality and all the mystique of this guy, ‘No, fuck him dude. He’s stepping into the cage with you.”
Serra has been vocal about his own opposition in the past without having to retract any negative statements towards his opponents giving strong reason to believe that his statements were made in a more positive light for Weidman, than a negative one for Silva. “If I hurt anybody’s feelings, his kid, his wife, I do apologize. It did not come out of a bad place, or a negative place, it was ‘oh good, fuck it, it’s over,’ that type of thing. Again man, that’s how it went down.”
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