“I think what just got people going is my confidence. I’m not going to take that back, because I truly am confident. There should be no reason that I’m fighting if I wasn’t confident. I have a lot of respect for Anderson Silva, but I’m confident I can beat him—and I think that’s what gets people all up in arms, because they can’t believe that I would have the disrespect to think that I could beat Anderson Silva. I earned this opportunity and I’m going to go in there and make the best of it.”
“I think a lot of these guys show too much respect and fear and just kind of wanted to see how they would do against Anderson. This is everything for me. This is a life changer. This is life changing for my family and I’m not going in there to play games or to give him too much respect. I’d be taking away from myself and my family. I’m not going to go in there and letting them down.”
“It hasn’t just been a year I’ve been mentally prepared for this fight. It’s been since the day I decided to do MMA, I began to mentally prepare for this matchup. Because Anderson Silva was the champion in my weight class, and when I got into this the only reason I was going to do it was to be champion, to be the best. From that day I’ve had to condition myself for fighting Anderson Silva and beating Anderson Silva.”
Will having confidence in himself be enough to get Chris Weidman through a fight with P4P kingpin, Anderson Silva?
The way he tells it to Bleacher Report in this interview, going out there and winning is just a formality.