Invincible, if you will.
Running roughshod over the 185-pound division for seven years, defeating the likes of Dan Henderson, Vitor Belfort, Rich Franklin and Chael Sonnen, among many others, while setting UFC records left and right, will do that for a mixed martial arts (MMA) reputation.
And perhaps the reason Weidman was able to do what 14 UFC veterans before him couldn't was in large part to the fact that "All American" didn't see "The Spider" as a "mythical creature" who had the ability to defeat more than one guy at a time.
"So many people build Anderson up and he's almost thought of as this mythical creature. That he could beat six guys at once, and he could knock me out any time he wants to. People really have these crazy thoughts about him, they actually think he's, like, beyond great. But, to me he's only ever just been another human guy, and one that I think I'm better than."
After his loss to "All American," Silva declared he had no interest in a rematch. But, after having a few days to reflect, "The Spider" had a change of heart and signed on the dotted line for another "Sin City" showdown against the undefeated champion at UFC 168 on Dec. 28, 2013.
Something Weidman new would eventually happen despite the Brazilian's initial hesitation:
"He has to fight me to get himself back on track, and I knew he wasn't going to retire, so, yeah, his only option is to have the rematch. Once he took a couple of days and started thinking straight again, it was inevitable we were going to agree to a second fight. And I know he'll come back stronger, better and more determined to beat me, but I'll be ready for that."
Well, that and their refusal to believe in "superheroes" and "mythical creatures."