Chris Weidman is preparing for the biggest fight of his career when he takes on middleweight champ Anderson Silva at UFC 162 on July 6th. As a result, it’s pretty understandable that the rising star nearly lost his mind apparently, when a report surfaced recently that Silva was injured and that the bout was in jeopardy. Throw in the fact that Weidman hasn’t fought since last summer and is coming off shoulder surgery, and you can get a sense of why he had this to say on The MMA Hour when asked about the report.
“I was like, ‘Don’t tell me this, don’t tell me this. “I’m freaking out. I’m like, ‘I need to go home and take a nap. I need to go exit the world for a little bit. Honestly, I needed to go home and take a nap because I was going to start freaking out. It was just too much. Overload. I was freaking out. And then we ended up finding out it wasn’t true, knock on wood.”
Yes, there were likely a few people throughout the MMA community who needed to take a nap upon hearing the story. Since it was reported that Silva had suffered a rib injury, however, the renowned fighter’s manager Ed Soares and UFC President Dana White have said the bout is still a go. It sounds like Weidman, who is coming off a thrilling KO win over Mark Munoz last August to extend his record to 9-0, is still a bit shaken by the episode.
“The thing is, it’s been a long road. After I fought Munoz, I called him out. We were supposed to fight and it ended up not happening a couple times. So I still have that mind set. But I’m training for the fight. I believe it’s going to happen. But there’s something inside me that’s a little bit like, ‘I just really want this fight to happen.’ I just want to be in that cage with him. I just want to get to July 6. I want to get to the weigh-ins. I want to look at him. I want to see him physically there and I’ll be a happy man.”
There may have been some doubters as to whether this fight would generate a ton of buzz, considering Weidman is still relatively new to the UFC in comparison to some other vets, but everyone seems pretty relieved the fight is still on. Here’s hoping both men come in healthy though and can go full out…
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