UFC 168: Chris Weidman still won't consider himself 'greatest of all time' with second-straight win over Anderson Silva

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Chris Weidman just concluded a seven-day trip with arch nemesis Anderson Silva -- along with UFC President Dana White -- in preparation for their epic rematch in December. One that he claims will not (yet) establish him as the best ever.

Now that the seven-day media blitz for UFC 168 has concluded, both champion and challenger can focus on the task at hand.

Chris Weidman will rematch former titleholder Anderson Silva for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight crown in what will be their colossal pay-per-view (PPV) title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 28, 2013.

If the current champion has anything to do with what happens during the main event of what Dana White calls "the most excited he has ever been for a fight," no luck will be involved.

"I've been with Anderson every day, he said it in one interview, he said he was joking or whatever. I won't hold him to that. I actually won't hold him to anything he says in an interview. It doesn't matter, when preparation meets opportunity, if that's what you consider luck, call it luck, but it's a punch I meant to throw and meant to hit him with and he went down."

He's referring respectfully to what "Spider" said in response to a question during a recent fan Q & A (here).

During an interview with ESPN Radio, the "Pride of Long Island" also spoke about his plans to repeat his momentous performance at UFC 162.

"I can't repeat the exact performance, but I can repeat getting a 'W.' I am very confident I am winning this next fight."

Prior to UFC 162, it seemed as if everyone with a mixed martial arts (MMA) opinion had something to say regarding why Weidman was "the guy" to finally defeat the longest reigning UFC champion ever, but now those same people are saying he cannot "do it again."

"Haha, it's kind of expected when you're fighting Anderson Silva, 'the greatest of all time." He's known as a phenom to most people, not just that, but a mythical figure, who they just can't imagine him losing if he was actually trying. It makes the excitement good for the next fight and I have no problem with that."

There will be no looking past Silva for "All American" either. Even at the age of 29 his resolve seems to take things slowly and with results, the right cards will fall, even if that includes superseding Silva as the new "G.O.A.T."

"I have to take one fight at a time. I have a lot to prove still. I have to hold onto this belt for a long time before I can worry about that. But that is one of the goals I hope to accomplish."

Come December, anchoring a card featuring Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey and Josh Barnett vs. Travis Browne, we all will find out. Where will you be watching? Especially now knowing the event is practically sold out?

For more on UFC 168 be sure to check out our complete event archive right here. And to check out the latest "Weidman vs. Silva 2" fight card and rumors click here.

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