By JAKE CHASTAIN
| Chris Weidman almost had a breakdown when he heard the rumors that UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva had an injured rib that would put his title fight with Weidman on hold…and I don’t think anybody blamed the “All American” for “freaking out” over the news.
However, the news of Silva’s injured rib turned out to be false and Weidman can breathe a little easier for the moment as the two men are still slated for the July 6th UFC 162 title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Weidman has been training for the Silva fight for the past few months and now, a month out of the fight, Weidman still feels that he has to keep his fingers crossed that the fight is really going to happen. After knocking-out Mark Munoz almost a year ago the undefeated Weidman started lobbying for a title fight with “The Spider”. Many fans and analysts felt that this was surely the next fight Anderson but the champion was reluctant to take the fight at first. At the time Silva was also lobbying to get a super-fight with GSP but when that finally fell through Silva decided to take the fight with Weidman.
It’s been a long road for Chris Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) but he feels that his chance to claim MMA greatness has finally arrived. That is, if nothing else happens in the next month to prevent the fight from happening. He keeping his fingers crossed because he probably won’t be able to handle another rumor like the one that was just made false about Silva’s injured rib. While on the MMA Hour Weidman talked about the roller coaster of emotions he felt when he first heard the rumor of Silva’s injury. He explained,
“I was like, ‘Don’t tell me this, don’t tell me this.’ I’m freaking out. I’m like, ‘I need to go home and take a nap. I need to go exit the world for a little bit. Honestly, I needed to go home and take a nap because I was going to start freaking out. It was just too much. Overload. I was freaking out. And then we ended up finding out it wasn’t true, knock on wood.”
Weidman, for the time being, can keep training for his July 6th title fight with Anderson but he still feels a little uneasy about the situation. He knows that with the fight still a month away plenty of unfortunate things can happen. He explained that there is still some concern in his mind and it won’t go away until he meets Silva in Vegas for the weigh-ins on July 5th and he can physically see “The Spider” there to fight him. He continued,
“There’s something that scares me with that, yeah. The thing is, it’s been a long road. After I fought Munoz, I called him out. We were supposed to fight and it ended up not happening a couple times. So I still have that mind set. But I’m training for the fight. I believe it’s going to happen. But there’s something inside me that’s a little bit like, ‘I just really want this fight to happen.’ I just want to be in that cage with him. I just want to get to July 6. I want to get to the weigh-ins. I want to look at him. I want to see him physically there and I’ll be a happy man.”
Weidman has been waiting for this fight for a long time and now that it is finally here he just wants everything to go smooth until fight night. That, on the other hand, is another story. Weidman, although he is still a tad worried about the health of Silva and the certainty of his title fight, has not lost focus on his job once the octagon doors close. He talked about himself visualizing the fight happening in his head. He explained,
“I just visualize it going every possible way. I see it a million different ways. I prepare myself mentally to visualize terrible things happening and fighting through it. Persevering. Front kicking me in my face like Vitor Belfort, but I get my wits back faster than him and I’m right back up. Then he kicks me again and I’m down again. Everyone’s like, ‘Oh, this kid sucks,’ but next thing you know I’m on top ground-and-pounding him and winning the world title.”
With Weidman one month away from the biggest fight of his life I’m sure those scenarios will continue to play until the real bell actually rings out and he goes to war with Anderson Silva at UFC 162 on July 6th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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