Much of the chatter surrounding the much-anticipated Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight championship fight between division kingpin Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman -- which is set for UFC 162 on July 6, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada -- has been about the possibility of "The Spider" actually losing to the "All American."
And the general consensus in the UFC family is that Weidman will be the one that ends Silva's dominance in the 185-pound division come Fourth of July Weekend. Bold predictions, seeing as how the Brazilian brawler hasn't tasted defeat inside the Octagon since making his debut way back in 2006.
That's seven years, 16 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses ago.
Despite those impressive and unrivaled stats, prominent figures in the mixed martial arts (MMA) world such as UFC President Dana White, welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and former lightweight straphanger Frankie Edgar have reason to believe Silva's glory days will come to an end next weekend.
And as the 38-year old veteran prepares to take on a much younger up-and-coming contender, could the possibility of losing be creeping up in his mind, too?
While Silva has never been much of a trash talker, or one to call his shot before the fight actually happens, during yesterday's (June 25, 2013) UFC 162 media conference call, "The Spider" was more focused on simply going in, doing his job and "coming home in one piece" as opposed to predicting a victory.
Because at the end of the day, he's pretty much accomplished everything he wanted to in his MMA career.
"Age doesn't have anything to do with it. Weidman's been wanting this fight for a while so I know he'll be very well prepared. For me, regardless of whether I win or lose, I want to do my job and return to my kids in one piece. It's about setting examples for the kids. Everything extraordinary I've wanted to do in my career, I feel that I've done. Now it's a matter of clocking in and doing my job."
Of course, many will simply chalk it up to Silva being his normal composed self, while others might say "The Spider" doesn't seem too motivated for the task at hand.
Some may even go as far to say his mind is elsewhere, like a potential fight against former boxing champion Roy Jones Jr.; a showdown the Brazilian striker has longed for and echoed repeatedly during the call.
And according to some, if that's the case and Silva's mind isn't 100-percent on "All American" come fight night, it could spell disaster.