Anderson Silva’s Current State of Mind Pt. 2
Oh what a difference some time to clear your head makes. In the short course of a few days, I am guessing really hours after his loss to Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva says he is down for the rematch. It is tentatively scheduled for the end of December barring injury of course. Initially I conjured a psychological guess as to what Anderson was feeling after his loss. I venture a guess now that it’s totally different.
I guarantee you Anderson wants revenge. Wouldn’t you? I mean come on you owned the division, and crushed all of your foes that came before you. It’s like Achilles sort of. Anderson’s figurative heel may have been his greatest strength, and he was taken out mid-taunt, slash showboating. His skillset allows him to toy with people and somehow it paid off in Chris Weidman’s favor. Anderson knows how embarrassing this must have appeared to the fans. I promise you he wants retribution and redemption.
I would toss some denial in to the mix. Disbelief may be a better word. It is probably a little of both mixed with some belief that it was a fluke.
It is not uncommon for an athlete to do some soul searching. They may state feel that a career rebirth is in order. A fresh reboot of a one man dynasty. Anderson was seen as unbeatable and had times of out and out complacency that might have made him look arrogant and uninspired. I would say some fans felt disrespected by his unwillingness to engage at times. In the beginning he was hungry, in the middle of his reign he was comfortable, but I bet now he’s starving to get that belt back around his waist. Weidman may be on borrowed time as UFC Middleweight Champion.
I would also guess a sigh of relief that the world didn’t end. Despite the loss he is opening up as the favorite in the rematch. Rematches for the title after a loss don’t go well. Just ask Frankie Edgar, BJ Penn, Matt Hughes, Randy Couture, and the list goes on. For him to have the kind of support base from the fans and from the MMA community in general is incredible. So now, Anderson is feeling some serious momentum and there is a genuine belief he will reign atop the division again.
Pride would be something I would throw in there. He is still being called the greatest and in my humble opinion should still be ranked as the number one middleweight in the world. One win does not make Weidman the best in that division. He beat the best, but that does not make him the best. He has to earn that spot by defeating as many people as Anderson did during his reign. Weidman is number one because he holds the belt and not because he has proven he is the absolute best. Notice the word absolute in that sentence.
To sum all of this up Anderson is hungry, motivated, focused, determined, and looking forward to his chance to regain the belt. I don’t know about you, but an Anderson in that state would scare just about any opponent.