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Anderson Silva: ‘I Made Basic Mistakes’ Against Weidman

On the night of July 6 this past year, for the first time in his seven-year tenure with the UFC, Anderson Silva failed to obtain victory. Throughout the duration of his championship bout with Chris Weidman, it seemed as though Silva could hardly take the American challenger seriously. ‘The Spider’ had started to engage in his trademark habit of dropping his hands to his waist and practically inviting his opponent to fire off a strike. It was this action, the exact one that had made him appear untouchable in other fights, that many would say cost him his coveted middleweight title. Chris Weidman capitalized on the opportunity, stepped forward, and threw a thunderous left hook that fell the legendary Brazilian.

When discussing the errors of his last fight with Sportv, Anderson Silva did not blame his loss on ‘clowning’, as so many within the MMA community did. Instead, he criticized himself for making ‘basic mistakes’.

“My mistakes in that fight, and this is the first time I’m saying this, were basic mistakes. I did everything I had to do except hit him. I didn’t counterattack. When I stopped with my feet parallel, I should have hit him and walked one step behind. I didn’t do that. I saw my mistakes and I’m working on that to train for this next fight.”

Silva  acknowledges that he is likely in for another tough fight and that Weidman will be far from willing to just hand over the title that he stole from Silva. However,  he believes that he will be able to return the favor to Weidman come UFC 168 on December 28, especially if the fight remains on the feet.

UFC 168 will take place on December 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Headlining the card will be the anticipated rematch between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman for the middleweight title, accompanied by another rematch for the women’s bantamweight title between heated rivals and TUF coaches, Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.

 

[Translation via MMAFighting.com]

 

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36 Comments to Anderson Silva: ‘I Made Basic Mistakes’ Against Weidman

  1. Big Mick says:

    Here I was thinking that It was the fact that Anderson was acting like an ass that got him KO’ed, when all the while he was just making basic mistakes. Still, I don’t think Weidman will be able to do it a second time.

  2. octavius Johnson says:

    Weidman will lose. He is not a great fighter. He’s good but not great. If yoyuwatch the last fight silva did any and everything you wanted. Lol Weidman being bigger clipped him that’s it. Clowning + lucky punch= ko.

  3. Dddddddddd says:

    Ya,he basically whipped your ass. He’s gonna use basic submissions to beat you again. Staying focused and basic is what it takes to beat an eccentric clown. He has nothing for Weidman this time around and then the shift towards common sense in MMA fans comes to surface once again.

  4. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    Ar least Weidman can tell his kids and grankids he beat the GOAT and held the belt for a while. Dec 28th he has to hand it over to the real champ again.

  5. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    Ar least Weidman can tell his kids and grandkids he beat the GOAT and held the belt for a while. Dec 28th he has to hand it over to the real champ again.

  6. Sam Fields says:

    Chael Sonnen beat Silva up for 5 rounds out of the 7 rounds he fought with him. If a bonehead like Chael Sonnen could do that, then a more intelligent fighter like Weidman can actually win the fight with the same formula of ground and pound.

    • The Way Of The Dutchman says:

      First of all Silva walked away without a scratch caused by Sonnen. Second Sonnen did that fight juiced up. Third Silva went into that fight with a rib injury. And fourth Silva promised Nogueira to submit Sonnen.

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