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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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3 Comments to Weidman feels the need to ‘solidify himself as champion’

  1. zack says:

    Weidman gets alot of discredit but he doesnt back down from adversity. Just think of the pressure of fighting the best fighter in the world with everyone watching, doubting you, anderson running around making a fool out of you. He may not have the unbelievable skills of silva but hes got nerves of steel and a incredible desire to win and sometimes thats all it takes. I expect anderson to win the rematch but i also expect weidman to put on a hell of a fight and thats what fighting for a championship is all about.

  2. Big J says:

    Zack, well said…I think Weidman is strong mentally and along with his skill set, I think that’s what separates him from the rest…this is why I predict Weidman defeating Silva for the second time.

  3. Big Daddy says:

    Weidman will not just walk forward. If Anderson strikes he’ll run around and try to take silva down. Only reason he nailed him in the first fight was cause silva had his hands down. I’m not an Anderson fan I can just see weidman is nowhere near his level of skill.

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