Anderson Silva doesn’t think Chris Weidman won on December 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and he is not afraid to let anyone know it. December 28 was one of the most highly anticipated rematches in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), in years. Anderson Silva is one of the best pay-per-view draws the UFC. Silva was always considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. That was before he met Chris Weidman. Weidman was the up-and-coming, undefeated prospect in the middleweight division. He was finishing opponents with ease, eager to get his first crack at the defending champion.
The first match between Silva and Weidman did not go exactly the way Silva had planned it. He taunted Weidman on his feet and did not really give the respect the man rightfully deserved up to that point. Following the next round, Weidman knocked out Anderson Silva while the champ was in the the middle of his antics. Tides turned and the middleweight championship belt was wrapped around Weidman’s waist. Skeptics went on to proclaim Silva was goofing around too much and did not take Weidman seriously, and that if Silva had focused on the fight at hand, he would never have lost it in the first place.
The rematch was set, and all the verbal barbs were exchanged between the two. They then stepped into the octagon with a final score to settle and a title for each to be determined. The end result was one that neither fighter would have liked to see. Anderson Silva went to throw a leg kick and Weidman blocked the kick with his knee, resulting in a gruesome injury to Silva. The former champion broke his left leg on the kick and laid screaming on the floor while Weidman celebrated having successfully defending his middleweight championship, Anderson Silva does not think so, though.
When asked about the recent fight in an interview, Anderson revealed it was not a technique the champion trained. He claimed that it was luck; that it was instinct. He went on to say that if the fight would have continued, he would have won his belt back. Silva further explained that he made the mistake that set up the brutal mishap, in that he should have set up his kick better.
Anderson Silva’s mind and focus is now on getting better and being able to fight again. The doctors have told Silva that it may be between four to six months until he can resume training again, and the former champ is looking forward to it. The MMA legend has said he will do whatever it takes to fight Chris Weidman again. Whether it will take fighting up the remainder of the middleweight division or not; Silva wants his second rematch with Weidman. Even though Anderson Silva doesn’t think Weidman won the fight on December 28, in order to get the middleweight title belt back around his waist, it seems as if he will have to fight his former foe once again in the octagon.
by Justin Huffman