Trainer: If Anderson Silva isn’t 'goofing off' in UFC rematch, he defeats Chris Weidman in a 'war'

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

Famed striking coach Mike Winkeljohn picks Anderson Silva to defeat Chris Weidman in a rematch and says it will be a war if "The Spider" doesn't "goof off" like he did at UFC 162.

Odds makers seem to think Anderson Silva will defeat newly-crowned Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman when the two lock horns for the second time at a date to be determined. Now, members of the mixed martial arts (MMA) community are also chiming in with their opinions on how the rematch between "The Spider" and "All American" will play out.

Mike Winkeljohn -- striking coach at Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA -- believes Silva will prove victorious the second time around, but only if the Brazilian bomber isn't "goofing around" like he was at UFC 162 last weekend (July 6, 2013) in "Sin City."

While Silva was busy trying to get into Weidman's head, bobbing and weaving and pretending to be dazed by his punches, Chris was looking for an opening to sneak his strikes in.

And he found one in the second round, clipping the former champ with a left hook that spelled the beginning of the end for Silva.

While "Wink" isn't solely crediting Anderson's Octagon antics for the loss, he is confident Silva will be back to his old form next time. Furthermore, he believes Weidman has now gotten into Silva's head after touching him up on the feet and putting him on his back with his wrestling.

Mike's words to Bloody Elbow:

"I think Chris will come with a similar gameplan and Anderson not goofing off as much, I think it will be a war. If Anderson is back in his old form, I think Anderson can beat Chris this time. But, now that he's been hit, some of his confidence might be down a little bit. It's a game of inches with these little gloves. Chris now has Anderson worrying about his hands. He was able to take Anderson down. He saw Anderson's defense on the ground so now he's going to know how to mitigate that defense and get his offense going on the ground."

Silva recently changed his tune and decided he "badly" wants a rematch against Weidman in attempts to avenge the only loss he's known in nearly a decade.

And while most seem to think it was Anderson's "taunting" and refusal to take Chris serious as his downfall, Winkeljohn credits Weidman for staying cool and capitalizing on the Brazilian's mistake.

No excuses here.

"Wink" seems to think "The Spider" will get his belt back, do you?

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