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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