Chris Weidman talks about fighting Anderson Silva a second time at UFC 168.
Hey everyone, Steven here from The Trend Guys and today I’m going to be talking about a the current UFC trend that’s swirling around in the media.
Everyone is pumped up for UFC 168 and it’s mostly because Anderson Silva is going to get a rematch against Chris Weidman and I’m pretty pumped up to see this one myself.
I was watching UFC 162 on the fateful night that Anderson Silva lost his middleweight championship to Chris Weidman via knock out and I’m not alone in thinking that it was definitely a fluke.
In my opinion, Anderson Silva practically handed the belt to Chris Weidman that night, so I’m really glad to see a rematch coming up so soon. Anderson was being his typical cocky self and it ended up catching up to him. I personally think that if he had taken the fight a bit more seriously and kept his hands up, Anderson would still have the belt strapped around his waist.
Just in case you missed the fight, you can check it out by watching the video below:[youtube id=”5SS77cgAjNw” width=”600″ height=”350″]
At first, Anderson Silva didn’t want a rematch and it’s obvious that Anderson Silva is just burnt out at this point. He wants to stay home and enjoy some time with his family, so he announced that he wasn’t interested at all in a rematch and that Chris Weidman is the new champion.
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Of course, Dana White isn’t going to let a cash cow like Anderson Silva off the hook that easy, so before you know it, Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman 2 was confirmed.
Since a lot of people think that the fight was nothing but a fluke, Chris Weidman is taking the rematch very serious and had this to say:
I have to beat Anderson Silva this next time. I have to solidify my first victory, and solidify myself as a champion by winning again. That’s where my heart is at, so it’s hard to sit back and enjoy my successes… I need to win this fight for me and my family. – Chris Weidman
A lot of people agree that Anderson Silva lost to Chris Weidman due to excessive taunting, but Anderson Silva has stated that he’s going to stick with his typical game plan. As well all know, Silva’s typical game plan involves a lot of taunting in an attempt to get inside of the opponents head.
Either way, I hope he decides to taunt a lot less and keep his hands up. The whole “getting into your opponent’s head” routine didn’t look like it was going to work on Chris Weidman. Silva just needs to beat him with pure in-ring skill this time around.
This is Chris Weidman’s game plan for the upcoming Silva rematch:
This is my game plan: I’m going to walk forward, I’m going to put pressure on him, I’m going to cut him off. If he has his hands down, I’m punching him in his face. If he has his hands up, and he’s expecting me to punch him in the face, I’m taking him down. I’m not afraid to get hit. I’m going to be walking forward with my chin down and my teeth gritted. I don’t care what he throws at me; I’m going to be there. – Chris Weidman
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Without a doubt, this has been the most effective game plan we’ve seen employed against Anderson Silva. Let’s not forget the Anderson Silva V.S. Chael Sonnen fight where Chael Sonnen repeatedly took Anderson Silva down and kept him on the mat for practically the entire fight. Silva ended up winning off of his back during the last few seconds of the fight, though.
However, to be fair, when Anderson Silva fought Chael Sonnen a second time he absolutely destroyed him.
From what I’ve seen, it looks like Silva allows people to implement their game play in the first round to see what’re they all about. After that, he turns his game on and stops them.
For instance, Chael took Silva down in the first round of their second fight, but in the second round, Silva was stopping Chael’s takedown attempts easily. The same thing happened in the Chris Weidman fight once it went to the second round.
Either way, it will be interesting to see what transpires at UFC 168. It looks like both fighters will have something to prove, so they’ll both be on top of their game.
You won’t want to miss this one.