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Chris Weidman Wants to See Anderson Silva Retire

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UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman (12-0) was one of the many that witnessed former champion, Anderson “Spider” Silva pick up a return win over MMA bad boy Nick Diaz in a 5 round decision in the main event of UFC 183. If Silva was to win this bout he was secured a title shot by UFC president Dana White to set up a trilogy ending between himself and Chris. However, yesterday on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour, Weidman not only said that he doesn’t think Silva deserves a title shot but also that the Spider should retire.

“Being the champion, I know this ends up going further than I’d even want my comments to go, because my opinion, I don’t think, really matters that much and I don’t want it to weigh on him at all,” Weidman said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “But me as a fan, if I’m just a normal person, I want to see him done. As Chris Weidman, as me, it’s a big money fight, a third fight eventually. But I’d really just like to see him retire. I think he’s got a great family, he’s got five kids, he’s made a lot of money, he has a great legacy. He just won a fight. I wouldn’t mind seeing him retire on a ‘W’.”

Weidman then talks more in depth on Saturday’s main event itself. He also offers respect to his old nemesis.

“It was a very weird fight,” Weidman said. “I have a lot of respect for both fighters, especially Anderson, fighting him twice. I’ve actually grown to respect Anderson even more. I spoke to him a couple times at The Time is Now event and I think he really has grown as a person. He’s a likable guy, he really has become a family guy, more spiritual. I think he’s just really grown as a person, so I have a lot of respect for him.In the fight, you know, I’m happy that he came back. He was healthy, he was able to go out there and get a W. But do I think he looked impressive? No. I don’t think he’s what everybody thought Anderson would look like and what he could do to Nick Diaz. There was a lot going against him with the leg injury, it didn’t seem like he was kicking the legs as much as he usually could. But, you know, I don’t know. I don’t think he deserves a title shot. There’s a lot of other guys that I think are better than him right now.”

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.