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Thread: Weidman discusses winning UFC title, Anderson Silva's mental warfare, and rematch

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    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.
    And the piano, it sounds like a carnival
    And the microphone smells like a beer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat--Smasher View Post
    Weidman: Silva 'realized he couldn't 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.

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    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."

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