Rumors have been circulating about Anderson “The Spider” Silva pulling out of his UFC 162 title defense against Chris “The All-American” Weidman, but all that appears to be false.
Silva (33-4-0, 20 KOs) and Weidman (9-0-0, 3 KOs) are still set to meet on July 6, at UFC 162.
With the middleweight title clash between the two a little over a month away, Weidman is getting a healthy amount of support from MMA fans and fighters alike. Weidman’s annihilation of Mark Munoz at “UFC on Fuel TV 4” has something to do with the vote of confidence he’s getting from folks, and his well-documented success as a grappler doesn’t hurt either.
However, Silva plans to do the same thing he always does when he steps inside the Octagon to face Weidman at UFC 162: win.
“You really can’t argue with talent, and each person has their own talents,” Silva said via a translator during an interview with MMAJunkie.com. “But I’ve been doing this since I was 8 years old, and the new generation has to see what I’ve done and see where I’ve been. I’m not somebody that started training in my teens or my 20s. I’ve been doing this a long time, so being in there is something natural, and it’s something I feel comfortable doing. It’s what I’ve always done.”
Silva always has a sense of calm about him, so it’s not surprising he doesn’t seem overly concerned about the increasing hype surrounding Weidman. Good thing he isn’t, given the fact he isn’t anywhere as effective inside the Octagon when his emotions get the best of him.
That fact was on display when he faced Demian Maia at UFC 112, and Chael Sonnen exposed it again leading up to their UFC 117 encounter with his critique of Silva’s skills, particularly his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The result, Silva showed up at UFC 117 wearing a gi, and he seemed a bit too eager to play guard when Sonnen put him on his back. Fortunately for him, things worked out that night as he managed to submit Chael during the fifth round.
Sonnen was able to get under Silva’s skin once again leading up to their UFC 148 rematch. It resulted in Anderson throwing a haymaker — extremely unusual for The Spider — during the opening moments of their fight, Sonnen ducking under and completing a double-leg takedown, and Silva spending the remainder of the round on his back.
When Silva got his emotions under control during the second round, Sonnen was unable to complete any of his three takedown attempts, and a knee to the Portland native’s sternum brought the contest to the end.
Silva being calm and relaxed heading into his UFC 162 bout against Weidman can’t be a good thing, so The All-American would probably be better off hurling insults at the middleweight champ.
Sure, talking trash to Silva is akin to a mouse biting a sleeping cat’s tail, but sometimes, doing the most illogical thing is the right move.