Anderson Silva has always been somewhat withdrawn when it comes to the MMA media, but he opened up during an interview with WHOA! TV, giving fans a little insight into his thought process.
Among the topics discussed: Silva’s UFC 162 loss to undefeated Chris Weidman. A loss many of his fans chalk up to his excessive showboating during the fight.
“My coaches, they also talk to me all the time, ‘boxing is different, you need to stand up your arms all the time,’ but I practice mixed martial arts,” Silva said about his antics at UFC 162. “I train boxing, [and] sometimes, I put my arms [down] and the guys take me out all the time. But it’s my style. In boxing, the hands all the time up, but MMA, I have the knees, elbows, kicks, ground, Jiu Jitsu [to keep opponents at bay when his arms are down], it’s different.”
Anderson Silva (33-5-0, 20 KOs) will get a chance to reclaim the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s middleweight title when he faces Chris Weidman (10-0-0, 4 KOs) for the second time at UFC 168, and “The Spider” has added a few new moves to his arsenal for his rematch against “The All-American.”
“This time now, I have more experience because when you go for fight, you win, win, win, [and] you no watching the problems inside your training, your team. This is very important,” Silva added. “Now, I have more experience. I have more techniques for the next fight. This is very important.”
UFC 168 is set for Dec. 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
While Anderson tried his best to give Chris the respect he deserves for his historic accomplishment at UFC 162, it couldn’t be any clearer that the Brazilian believes the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s middleweight strap will be around his waist before long.
“Chris Weidman is good boy, but no have good technique in standup. No have great experience inside the Octagon,” Silva explained. “God give the chance for Chris to win, and gave me the chance for me to change my life, to change Anderson Silva for the fight. … The new Anderson is come for next fight.”
Despite Weidman’s TKO victory at UFC 162, Silva’s critique of his standup skills is valid. Weidman had a difficult time connecting his shots when both fighters were upright while Silva landed the vast majority of his strikes thrown at UFC 162.
However, Weidman made a strong statement with his grappling during the first round, keeping Anderson pinned to the mat for the majority of the round while landing a decent amount of his strikes on the ground.
Weidman’s chances of catching Silva, once again, with a big shot at UFC 168 are slim to none, but The All-American just might be able to grind his way to victory with his top game.