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  • 07-12-2013, 02:16 AM
    Cat--Smasher
    http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/0...l-erase-doubts
    USA TODAY: Chris Weidman believes Anderson Silva rematch will erase doubts
    "I stress a lot about fighting," Weidman told USA TODAY Sports in an exclusive interview. "I want to be the best in the world so bad, and I want to always shine and look spectacular. I put a lot of pressure on myself to do that and work hard.

    "I thought once I won the belt, I'd kind of have a weight lifted off my shoulder and could relax a little bit. Unfortunately, I can't do that."

    Weidman (10-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) upset pound-for-pound great Anderson Silva (33-5 MMA, 16-1 UFC) at Saturday's UFC 162 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, ending the Brazilian's unparalleled run of 2,458 days as the UFC's middleweight titleholder.

    Before the fight, Weidman was confident of victory and promised to offer Silva an immediate rematch. After scoring a second-round knockout, the new champ isn't withdrawing his offer. Instead, he's even more intent on beating Silva a second time to prove his worth.

    "No matter what I did, even if I submitted him the first round or knocked him out in the first round, there were going to be people who doubted me," Weidman said. "I can't worry about that. I just have to go out and fight him again and try to win."

    Silva, 38, was generally considered the world's top pound-for-pound fighter coming in. After the loss, he seemed hesitant to accept an immediate rematch and suggested he might be done with title fights. However, UFC President Dana White insisted he would put the fight together, and multiple news reports have indicated Silva had a quick change of heart.

    "The guy just got knocked out for the first time in his career," Weidman said. "He's not thinking straight. I think he was just down and out and not sure what was going on. I'm sure it was a surreal feeling for him, so you can't just take what he says and run with it. But the rematch is happening."

    Despite his win, Weidman has been installed as an underdog in the planned rematch by Las Vegas oddsmakers. That didn't matter much to the 29-year-old in the first meeting, and he said it also would mean nothing the second time.

    "It's really good for anybody that wants to bet on me," he says. "Good for them. You can get good value on me."

    White is said to be considering the UFC's traditional year-end event in Las Vegas or a Super Bowl weekend event in New Jersey to host the rematch.

    Weidman said he was fine with either date and looked forward to the opportunity to hand a legend a second unexpected defeat. And he promised it would be more spectacular than the first.

    "I want to be known as one of the greatest of all time," Weidman said. "You get there one fight at a time. First up is Anderson Silva again. We'll go from there. I want to dominate my next fight really bad. Like, completely dominate."
  • 07-11-2013, 07:49 PM
    The Return Of......
    Quote Originally Posted by Cat--Smasher View Post
    Weidman: Silva 'realized he couldn't hurt me'
    http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news...uldnt-hurt-me/
    If Weidman is taking the cocky approach I might have to change my pick in the rematch. If instead of training harder and improving more he comes in underestimating Silva it will be a short night with him on the losing end.
  • 07-11-2013, 07:30 PM
    Cat--Smasher
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  • 07-11-2013, 06:18 AM
    SimpleJack
    Quote Originally Posted by Sniggles View Post
    Ali and RJJ did not diminish boxing, in my opinion. His fights were exciting. Would have been boring if he knocked out some of his lesser opponents immediately.

    The institution of martial arts has been irreversibly altered by MMA at this point -- that tradition is long gone. Not every fighter should have to assimilate to be what is deemed perfect. That starry-eyed view is dead. Most people want to see fighters not simply respectful martial artists. Each fighter is a different character. It would be boring as hell if all were like GSP. At some point, modesty becomes fakery.
    I simply disagree.

    You can be flashy and exciting without being a fucking jerk.

    Some of rjj's antics did diminish the sport IMO. Ali's antics are often overlooked by revisionists who are enamored with the fabricated image created for him by the civil rights movement.

    I'm not saying everyone needs to be vanilla. I'm saying respect for your opponent is what separates sport from barbarism.
  • 07-11-2013, 04:09 AM
    Sniggles
    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleJack View Post
    If people want to embrace it as "just part of the sport," then it diminishes the entire institution of martial arts.
    Ali and RJJ did not diminish boxing, in my opinion. His fights were exciting. Would have been boring if he knocked out some of his lesser opponents immediately.

    The institution of martial arts has been irreversibly altered by MMA at this point -- that tradition is long gone. Not every fighter should have to assimilate to be what is deemed perfect. That starry-eyed view is dead. Most people want to see fighters not simply respectful martial artists. Each fighter is a different character. It would be boring as hell if all were like GSP. At some point, modesty becomes fakery.
  • 07-11-2013, 02:46 AM
    rivethead
    Quote Originally Posted by Y2JUBAE View Post
    God I'm so tired of seeing people say Anderson is disrespectful. It's a f/n sport in which you try to knock another guy out and you are worried about taunting? Taunting is part of the god damn sport if you are good enough to do it.
    Interesting. I guess the takeaway is that Anderson isn't good enough to do it, or he wouldn't have gotten his disrespectful ass knocked out, huh?

    rh
  • 07-11-2013, 02:19 AM
    Cat--Smasher
    New UFC champ Chris Weidman talks wild welcome home, strange knocks on the door
    http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/0...ks-on-the-door

    "The welcoming home I got was pretty crazy," Weidman told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "My whole house was wrapped up with congratulations stuff. All my neighbors were up at 2 in the morning waiting for me to get home. They didn't even know when I was getting home. There were just hundreds of people that stayed up and were outside, waiting. They were just waiting on their grass at 2 in the morning with signs everywhere and fireworks. That was pretty crazy."

    Things got even crazier the next day, when "The All American" received an unexpected knock on his front door.

    "Everyone knows where I live now," Weidman said. "Today a kid came to the door, and he was asking me for autographs and T-shirts. That was pretty crazy too."

    Such is life these days for Weidman (10-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC), who at this past weekend's UFC 162 event in Las Vegas went from curiously confident contender to budding superstar with a second-round knockout of MMA legend Anderson Silva (33-5 MMA, 16-1UFC). In the days since the July 6 pay-per-view event, he's done countless interviews talking about the historic moment when "The Spider" lost in the octagon for the very first time.

    "It's been a little bit of a blur, but it's been good," Weidman said. "It's been a bit surreal. It still hasn't sunk in all the way, but it feels good."

    Just how good isn't quite certain, at least from a financial standpoint. His disclosed pay of just $48,000 for the win has earned some criticism, making the payday seem a little meager in comparison to the accomplishment, even with a $50,000 "Knockout of the Night" bonus added to the total.

    Of course, discretionary bonuses and pay-per-view shares can greatly impact fighters' total compensation package. UFC President Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta have also been known to offer up a gift or two following especially memorable accomplishments, and Weidman may have very well benefitted from such an arrangement.

    If he did, he's keeping it to himself.

    "Uh, let's just say I'm very happy to be part of the UFC," Weidman says with a chuckle. "I'll just leave it at that."

    Instead, Weidman will do his best to enjoy the championship win, even as the blur of interviews and appearances continues. When it slows, the New Yorker needs to have some bothersome bone chips removed from his knee, but the scope is only expected to keep him out of the gym for a week or so, and then it's on the the challenge.

    "I really have to thank all the supporters and anyone who believed in me," Weidman said. "I wish I could just enjoy it and sit back, but I guess my personality and work ethic and the passion I have about what I do, I'm already thinking about the rematch and preparing myself mentally to beat him again and to even look better."
  • 07-10-2013, 06:44 PM
    DarkMage
    Quote Originally Posted by Fe1 View Post
    I believe you and I may need to have a sig bet on the rematch.
    I'll take a sig bet on that rematch. I don't see Silva doing any shenanigans in the rematch. Round one will start and he will rush in for the kill trying to instantly finish the fight. I see Silva getting a KO in the 1st; probably within the first half of the round.
  • 07-10-2013, 06:35 PM
    FedortheCan
    I used to defend Dana long ago, but he is such a tool, he is impossible to defend now. He has gone on tirades before about how fighters like Calib Starnes, the Diaz brothers, and other various fighters were disrespectful in the ring. But now when Anderson goes and does it and gets caught, its not disrespecting at all. We all know Dana is just trying to cover their asses with the humiliating way Silva got taken out and Dana will do ANYTHING to try and upsell Silva as the best fighter of all time over Fedor.
  • 07-10-2013, 04:33 PM
    SimpleJack
    Quote Originally Posted by Y2JUBAE View Post
    God I'm so tired of seeing people say Anderson is disrespectful. It's a f/n sport in which you try to knock another guy out and you are worried about taunting? Taunting is part of the god damn sport if you are good enough to do it.
    You can't be serious????

    So, because you are competing in a sport where you attempt to knock each other out you can't be respectful of your opponent?

    It's not part of the sport. If people want to embrace it as "just part of the sport," then it diminishes the entire institution of martial arts.
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