Although some observers believe Anderson Silva’s taunting and showboating got to Chris Weidman at UFC 162, the newly crowned champion says he never lost control en route to his awe inspiring win. In fact, according to the undefeated middleweight, he was more than pleased to see Silva break out a strategy once more, which involved little in the way of offense and his chin wide open. After all, he did score one of the biggest victories in UFC history as a result.
While appearing on the MMA Hour today, Weidman talked extensively about the historic fight, and of course, the tactics (or shenanigans depending on your view) that were utilized by Silva during the bout. Weidman repeated his contention that Silva did not “throw the fight” or “give me the belt”, by pointing out the former champ has acted similarly in previous bouts. The “All American” also noted:
“I felt in control. He was doing all that stuff, but in my mind, I’m just laughing. I’m like, ‘Bro, I’m winning the fight. I’m punching you right now and you’re standing there with your hands on your hips. You can do that all day if you want.’ It got to the point where I figured, I’m going to get in this guy’s face, and put my hands on him, and that’s what I did.”
It’s a good point, even if you’re in the camp that believes Weidman looked like he froze up somewhat; he and his left fist clearly weren’t too phased by Silva’s show. Despite all that went down (and footage that seems to show Weidman calling Silva a “disrespectful piece of s–t”) the new champ has nothing but praise for the legend.
“I think he’s still unbelievable, I think he’s still the greatest of all time, and I think I’d still beat him again.”
Well, hopefully we all get to see whether the decorated wrestler can in fact defeat Silva twice, and fairly soon.
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