Sounds like Anderson Silva is already campaigning for a trilogy with Chris Weidman.
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion is confident he would have regained the title he lost to the "All American" last July, had it not been for the unfortunate "accident" he suffered in the second stanza of their UFC 168 headliner, one that broke his leg in two places and sent him into emergency surgery.
"The Spider" talks to Globo (via MMA Fighting):
"I believe that, if you pay attention to these technical details, you will see that (checking the kick) was instinct, not something that he trained to do. No, I don't think (Weidman should consider it a win). It was an accident. And I'm pretty sure I would have won the fight. I can see some technical mistakes I did in the fight. To land the perfect kick, I needed to distract him by punching him in the face so he wouldn't pay attention to the kick. He was protecting the upper part of his body, and the raised leg instinctively. The kick was so strong he lost balance. I saw my mistake, and now I'm only worried about my comeback. If the UFC thinks I deserve another opportunity (against Weidman) or if I need to earn it. I just want to do what I do, it doesn't matter if it's for the title or not. I want to do what I do well. When I landed the kick I heard a loud noise, the sound of a bone breaking, and the pain was huge. And since I left the hospital, I can't sleep. It's really hard. I think about it, and I wondered why. ‘Why, my God, I had to go through all this?' I wonder which message He's trying to teach me at this moment."
Chalk this up to
the force posturing.
That's because Silva was thoroughly handled in the opening frame, getting rocked with punches prior to being taken down and pounded on during the Dec. 28, 2013 main event (highlights), which took place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And ended in "destruction."
That's the name for the shin-on-knee check designed to cause damage to the attacker, who may be less enthusiastic about uncorking leg kicks when they land flush against the joint. In this case, it was enough to cause one of the gnarliest injuries in UFC history (pics).
But was it technique ... or just dumb luck?
We know what Silva's answer is, but whether he's trying to save face, or perhaps generate enough interest in a third go-round, is unknown. What we do know, is that Weidman now has to focus on defending his title against Vitor Belfort, in addition to all the baggage that comes with fighting "The Phenom."
Besides, he would probably "feel bad" if he had to beat Silva again.