One thing you can't knock Chris Weidman for, is not having confidence in himself and his chances when he takes on Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva at UFC 162 on July 6, 2013 In Las Vegas, Nevada.
"All American" says despite Anderson being regarded -- and rightfully so -- as the best pound-for-pound mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter in the history of the sport, he will "shock the world" in "Sin City" by simply being better than the "God-like" champion.
However, there is one thing Weidman won't do when he steps into the Octagon this summer and that's "break" like all of Silva's previous opponents have done, long before they even step into the cage to tango with "The Spider."
Chris broke it down on his appearance on The Fight Network's "5 Rounds:"
"I'm a huge fan of Anderson Silva. He's one of my favorite fighters to watch. Obviously he has 16 fights in a row with the UFC, defended his belt, whatever it is. He does a great job, he is so confident. He is beating most of guys before they even walk in the cage. Once they get in the cage with them, he does such a great job of making them feel like they do not belong in the cage with him, like, ‘Are you joking me? You are not on my level.' He makes them feel so uncomfortable that they just want to break. He has them broken and then he can hit them with whatever he wants and then he looks like a freaking God. I agree and I do think he is the best of all time. He is pound-for-pound the best, but I think I'm better. I think I can beat him. There's a lot of motivation for the fight. One of the biggest for me is to prove all of those people that actually think I'm going to get killed and see him as unbeatable. I can't wait to prove them wrong. I want to make it look easy out there. I want to shock the world."
That confidence didn't just pop out of nowhere, either. No sir, "All-American" reveals when he first got into MMA four years ago, he knew way back then he was a bad match-up for the Brazilian bomber and felt he had the skills to defeat him.
That belief has only gotten stronger with time, because he ignored all the naysayers that told him to choose a new weight class if he wanted to be champion and used those negative vibes as motivation. And he is determined to make all the doubters eat plenty of crow this Fourth of July weekend.
Are you going to be one of them?