Or, perhaps Silva is just
trolling playing by his own rules.
"The Spider" has never been defeated in 16 trips to the Octagon and probably doesn't intend to start when he fights the "All American" at the upcoming UFC 162: "Silva vs. Weidman" pay-per-view (PPV) event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 6, 2013.
Regardless, Weidman tells MMA Fighting that getting a big head will cost the champ dearly over the Fourth of July Weekend:
"I hope he has a good reason why he didn't go. I just went out to Los Angeles for three days. I just wasted time during my camp. I haven't been in this sport as long as him, but you watch these superstar basketball players like LeBron James, and after every game, win or lose, he answers questions from the media. There's always stuff that you don't want to do when you're an athlete, but you just have to do it. I hope he's staying grounded. I hope his head isn't getting so big that he thinks he doesn't have to do things for the UFC, but who am I to judge? If his head is really getting too big, I'm definitely going to bring him down to earth on July 6."
Silva hasn't defended his title since a second-round technical knockout win over Chael Sonnen last July. The Brazilian jumped up to light heavyweight to beat the stuff
ing out of Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153 but since then, has shown little interest in getting back inside the Octagon, especially when it comes to fighting Weidman.
Pre-fight tomfoolery is nothing new for Silva, nor is acting like a diva inside the cage. The problem is, no fighter to date has been able to punish him for it because he's simply too damn good. Then again, Weidman claims "The Spider" was recently "exposed."
We'll find out this summer.