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Tuesday, 12/10/2013, 08:25 am

Weidman feels the need to ‘solidify himself as champion’


Chris Weidman feels he has some convincing to do.

Weidman stripped UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva of his 11-fight reign with a historic KO in July. The two will meet again on Dec. 28 in the main event of UFC 168 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grande Arena.

In a prefight, promotional interview, Weidman stated that a second win over Silva is needed to quiet the naysayers who say his victory at UFC 164 (where he caught a goofing Silva with his hands down) was something of a fluke.

“I have to beat Anderson Silva this next time,” Weidman said. “I have to solidify my first victory, and solidify myself as a champion by winning again.”

If it’s validation that he seeks then Weidman appears ready to go face-first into the wood chipper to get it.

“I’m telling Anderson Silva my game plan,” Weidman said. “This is my game plan; I’m going to walk forward, I’m going to put pressure on him, I’m going to cut him off. If he has his hands down, I’m punching him in his face. If he has his hands up, and he’s expecting me to punch him in the face, I’m taking him down. I’m not afraid to get hit. I’m going to be walking forward with my chin down, and my teeth gritted. I don’t care what he throws at me, I’m going to be there.”

Silva is 33-5 with 20 KO/TKOs. Weidman is a perfect 10-0 and his win over Silva snapped The Spider’s 17-fight win streak.

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