Weidman Coach Expects Silva to Taunt Just as Much at UFC 168 Rematch
“I expect him to do all that stuff again,” UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman said about his opponent Anderson Silva. Weidman earned the title by knocking out Silva while the former champion had his hands down, taunting the challenger and lazily ducking punches.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
It was a fight that shocked the world. Chris Weidman defeated UFC middleweight champion and pound-for-pound king, Anderson Silva; and he didn’t just beat the champion, he knocked him out.
With the two men set to rematch this Saturday at UFC 168, Weidman and team are expecting nothing different – especially when it comes to his opponent.
“I expect him to do all that stuff again,” Weidman said about his opponent’s cage tendencies of taunting and leaving his hands down. “But to be honest, I don’t really care. I don’t spend much time thinking about what he’s going to be doing.
“My approach is the same as last time. Work hard in training camp, and work hard when I get in the cage. Be aggressive, follow my instincts, go forward and go for the finish.”
It’s a sentiment shared throughout Weidman’s camp: this fight will be exactly the same. In fact, they don’t anticipate Anderson Silva coming out all that differently. They see the former champion continuing to leave his hands on his hips, to gesture and encourage his opponents, and ultimately, to fall once more at the hands of the new champion.
“No matter what fight you watch of his, he does that,” Chris Weidman’s coach, Ray Longo, told USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie. “I kind of think it’s woven into the fabric of who Anderson Silva is. I think it’s going to be hard for him to change. You’ve got to remember that clowning around is a tactic. It does mesmerize guys.”
But just like last time, Longo says his fighter will rise above that distraction to defeat a man many people saw as unbeatable inside the Octagon.
“He’s going to do it again,” said Longo.