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  • 10-01-2013, 10:04 AM
    Anderson Silva Would Give Up Fighting Before Fighting Teammate Lyoto Machida

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  • 09-29-2013, 10:20 PM
    K1NG P3NN
    I think he will dominate Weidman. Could be crazy, but a pissed off Silva is a guaranteed good show regardless.
  • 09-29-2013, 12:57 PM
    Chris Weidman on Anderson Silva UFC 168 rematch: 'I'm not losing ... it's not even a thought' (Exclusive)

    "I guess it's changed a decent amount," Weidman said, during Wednesday's UFC 168 media session at UFC Gym in downtown New York City. "I'm definitely recognized more. I'm able to get out of the house that got hit by Hurricane Sandy. I'm able to buy a new house in Long Island, but I'm leaving the South Shore, which is hard for me. It's going to be nice to be organized. We were kind of clustered up in there and cluttered. It's going to be nice to have a house where I have room and space to put stuff."

    The champion has a presence about him, the same one he had prior to becoming the new champion. He walks and speaks with confidence, and is very polite with mixed martial arts (MMA) media. It is about an hour before the fans come pouring in UFC Gym for autographs, and Weidman started his scrum session holding his son T.J. He could easily be your next-door neighbor family man, as easily as he is a professional fighter.

    His family is what allows him to stay that way and not get swallowed by the new-found fame, money and attention.

    "They won't let me become a big-headed guy, who thinks who he is," Weidman said. "I just have a lot of people around there that have been there since the beginning. They know who I really am and if they saw me changing they would put me in my place."

    As would his coaches, Ray Longo and Matt Serra. "They are not playing games like that," he said. "They are not letting me walk around like I'm some type of God or something like that."

    Weidman admits that he "never expected to have much money in his life," but now that he is making the most he's ever made in his life it is "very motivating," he said.

    "It's a way to provide for my family. It's a way for me to set my family up for the future," the former Division-1 All-American continued. "I never expected to have much money in my life. I just wanted to be able to live comfortably at some point. So, to be at the spot where I am at is a dream that I never dreamt, come true."

    Weidman, was of course an underdog heading into the UFC 162 showdown against "The Spider." On top of that, he had a one-year layoff, had back-to-back surgeries and his house was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Despite that, he still managed to knockout arguably the greatest MMA fighter of all time.

    "There were a lot of things going on behind the scenes," Weidman admitted. "I just know I'm going to be in a lot better place for this next fight."

    Many pundits and Silva supporters feel that the former champion will turn in a much better performance in the rematch, and that he will be extra motivated and determined to reclaim his belt. Predictions of less taunting and more action have been talked about aplenty.

    Weidman is unconcerned.

    "I know people are saying 'the angry Anderson Silva, the serious Anderson Silva is going to be coming out,'" he said. "If you think that intimidates me or it makes me second guess myself at all, that's just not where my mind is at."

    The undefeated fighter with a degree in Psychology speaks of "understanding the winners mindset." He truly believed he was going to defeat Silva the first time and he truly believes he is going to defeat him yet again.

    Silva, of course is confident too, and when asked by MMAmania in his media session, if he thought he has Weidman figured out for the rematch, he had a huge smile on his face and said," Yes."

    "That doesn't bother me," Weidman said, when told of Silva's comment. "I don't take anything Anderson says in an interview for the full truth. He just says kind of whatever comes to his mind," he continued. "I have a lot I know I haven't shown in a fight yet. I have a lot of things I do in the gym that I'm still working on to gain the confidence to do in the ring and for this fight. There could be a lot of new things you see.

    "I think for sure you haven't seen the best Chris Weidman."

    MMAmania then asked Weidman about what he thinks the 38-year-old former champion will bring to the table the second time around.

    "He has had so many fights at this point, ever time he is in there I think he is as creative as you can be," Weidman said. "He is very relaxed. I expect the unexpected. Every time I have fought, I'm not too worried about what there doing. I'm worried about what I'm doing. So, honestly it doesn't matter."

    As far as the all the naysayers go, the ones who say he was lucky to win by knockout the first time, and that if Silva had been more serious he wouldn't have defeated him, Weidman takes the high road and considers all of it complimentary.

    "Anderson has been in the game so much longer than me, he has accomplished so much more than I have," Weidman said respectfully. "He's done a lot great things for the sport and for the UFC. So he deserves that kind of respect where people can't believe that he actually lost the first time and they aren't going to believe that he lost a second time."

    But, what if it's Weidman who loses? Would the magnitude of one the biggest upsets of all time be undone?

    "Yeah, I'm not losing," an adamant Weidman stated. The thought has obviously never even remotely entered his mind. "So that's not even a thought."
  • 09-25-2013, 10:48 AM
    Weidman looked really tired by the mid point of the first round. Anderson Silva doesn't get tired.

    As mentioned, he also stuffed Weidman's 2nd attempt at a takedown. Weidman might get one or two take downs, but it will be just a matter of time before Silva lights him up standing, assuming that he doesn't play around like last time too much. Although, I do think that Silva's taunting threw Weidman off his game, and probably tired him quicker mentally.
  • 09-25-2013, 10:37 AM
    The Donosaur
    Wait so the Hendo and Sonnen fights impressed you? Do you know what that word means?
  • 09-25-2013, 10:06 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by The Donosaur View Post
    I wanna see a super aggressive Anderson too. One that attacks, and promptly gets taken down onto his serious ass, and punched in his serious face until he takes a serious nap. Shit, I'm sick of people acting like he fought any different than normal. He keeps distance until he can exploit holes, but this time there were none to find. Leben is not Weidman, their fight will never go that way. Weidman doesn't fight like Leben, which doesn't leave the openings that Leben does. You can't attack Weidman like you would Leben for fear of the takedown. Comparing the two doesn't work at all, it's like saying Anderson shoulda submitted Maia like he did Sonnen.
    I find it hilarious that people actually think Silva has to taunt or some shit to create openings, or act like he is just a strict counter striker that isn't a super talented striker otherwise.

    I would actually say the fights where he's taunted the most are the fights where he has impressed me the least, except for Forrest Griffin, which, well-it's Forrest Griffin. Again, The fights where his antics were on display the most-the Maia, Leities, and Weidman fights are the fights where he has impressed me least.

    Hendo, Marquart, Franklin, Sonnen...none of these fights did he taunt at all or NEARLY to the extent he did vs Weidman. Chris took advantage of 1 huge opening but other than that he was starting to get the shit kicked out of his front leg and wasn't having much success on the feet at all.

    Good point on the takedown aspect but I think Anderson got better at adjusting to the takedown by the 2nd round of their fight so by the 3rd round he could be even more comfortable and attack more confidently in their next fight, who knows.

    I think Anderson wins the rematch...I think it will be pretty competitive either way, though.
  • 09-25-2013, 09:57 AM
    Weidman: 'People are making excuses for Silva'

  • 09-25-2013, 09:15 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Masscore View Post
    The problem with a more aggressive Silva means he leaves himself open to more takedowns. I think a lot of people kind of forget how that first round went with how the fight ended. But if Weidman hadn't gone for the leg lock, he would have kept Silva on his back all round and beat him up with GnP. I see this fight looking alot like Sonnen v. Silva I with the expection of the last second miracle submission. Silva will be looking to prove a point and end up on his back for most of the fight.
    That's just the thing though. Weidman is going to go for a submission when he's on the ground. I don't believe he is content with just the GnP like Sonnen is. Anderson has pretty good ground defense as long as you are in his guard. But I do believe that Weidman can submit Anderson. I do think going for the leg was a mistake in the first fight, but you don't really know what would have happened.

    Wasn't Anderson stuffing Weidman's take downs after that first one? Everyone knows that the take down is coming from Weidman...he would be stupid not to. I'm sure utilizing leg kicks will be a big part of his game plan. The problem with guys like Weidman and Sonnen is that it usually only takes one slip that allows the take down and that will eat up a whole round. Personally, I don't see how Anderson can implement his striking game without being taken down. The question will be will he do anything different from the ground. I have never liked the fact that he just lays there with the plan of only controlling posture waiting for a standup. The ground is where he needs to be more aggressive.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sniggles View Post
    What has happened will happen again if there was no lesson learned.
    I agree. I think Weidman will have the greater room to improve for the next fight. The question is, did Anderson learn from his mistakes.
  • 09-25-2013, 05:34 AM
    Hahahaha. I'm sure there will be a ko....good night again Anderson Silva. Sleep tight.
  • 09-24-2013, 05:45 PM
    Weidman via 1st rd Sub
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