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.
"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).
"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?