Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is still recovering from his traumatic loss to Chris Weidman on July 6, but he’ll get a chance to exact some revenge when the two square up for a rematch Dec. 28.
Silva (33-5-0, 20 KOs) and Weidman (10-0-0, 4 KOs) are set to headline the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s year-ending UFC 168 fight card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The co-main event will be another intriguing rematch, featuring women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and former Strikeforce bantamweight champion Miesha Tate.
Silva obviously understands that a second loss to Weidman could very well mean the end of his MMA career, but his choice of instructors might surprise you a bit.
“I had a nightmare with Weidman, but I don’t fear him,” Silva said during an interview with Brazilian radio show ‘Panico!’ “He is determined, but has two arms and two legs just like me. Now I’ll bring Chuck Norris [to my camp)]. I’ll bring both, Chuck Norris and Steven Seagal.”
Silva and his handlers are well-known for trolling MMA fans, so it’s hard to tell how serious he is about adding Norris to his camp. The Brazilian has worked with Seagal in the past, and he seems to be a fan of all sorts of quirky training methods like wrestling with Camaiura natives in the Amazon jungle.
It’s easy to criticize Silva for his sometimes strange training choices, and I personally still hold Seagal partly responsible for Anderson’s struggles against Chael Sonnen at UFC 117. Seagal’s presence, plus the fact “The Spider” came out wearing a gi — which indicated he took Sonnen’s critique of his BJJ skills seriously — were early indicators it wasn’t going to be a typical Anderson Silva fight.
Then again, I’m not the one who holds the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s record for most consecutive wins (16) and successful title defenses (10).
As insanely ridiculous as it might sound to some, the reality is Seagal and Norris are true martial artists by any standard who have dedicated most of their lives to their respective disciplines. Anderson’s willingness to learn techniques from martial artists who others might be quick to dismiss is likely responsible for his historic accomplishments inside the Octagon.
Perhaps other MMA fighters should take a page from Silva’s book.