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Old 08-21-2013, 01:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Chris Weidman: Anderson Silva Is Beatable, Not A Mythical Creature

So it begins...the reign of Weidman or...

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“I was convinced Chris [Weidman] could do something to shock the world and beat Anderson Silva,” Submission coach John Danaher tells Fighters Only magazine inside their latest issue, which is due to his newsstands in the US on Aug. 27. “People don’t realize that in order to do something great you yourself have to be great. You have to have the seeds of greatness inside you to perform great actions.”

Chris Weidman, of course, captured the UFC middleweight belt at UFC 162, dethroning pound-for-pound standout Anderson Silva in the process. The two are set for a return at UFC 168 on Dec. 28, in a rematch Weidman tells the magazine he was expecting long before the first fight ended.

Weidman, in an exclusive with Fighters Only editor Nick Peet, goes on to say: “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.”



And the new UFC 185-pound No. 1 also reveals Anderson’s aura of invincibility never fazed him heading into their first fight, despite the former champion's record breaking reign and unbeaten run. And he doesn't expect him to play a part in the rematch either.

“So many people build Anderson up and he’s almost thought of as this mythical creature,” Weidman states. “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.”

For the full interview don't miss the next issue of Fighters Only when it lands in North America next week, when it will also be available on iTunes Newsstand, Kindle and Zinio.

Also, inside the next issue of Fighters Only; photographer Tom Bear spends a day training with resurgent Blackzilians light heavyweight Thiago Silva; Alexander Gustaffson predicts another upset when he faces UFC champ Jon Jones; Erick Silva explains how losing is the key to greatness; Shawn Jordan reveals his blueprint from college football star to UFC prospect.

The October 2013 issue of Fighters Only Magazine goes on sale in the U.S. and Canada Aug. 27. It’s also available online via iTunes Newsstand, Kindle and Zinio. Visit www.fightersonlymag.com for subscription details.

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Old 08-21-2013, 02:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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He speaks the truth, but I think there are some situations in a fight, in which Silva is unstoppable and a fighter like Weidman should acknowledge that, before the rematch. Some fighters lose focus for a second against Silva and I think he is a master at detecting such moments. Anderson takes advantage very quickly, when he spots those moments thanks to his advanced striking and speed. Weidman came prepared in the first fight, he paid attention throughout it and he won when he capitalized after Silva's clowning moments. That doesn't make Weidman way better than Silva and he needs to stay very focused like in the first fight, because Silva can make the rematch very ugly for the new champ just like that. Focus, Chris-kun, focus!
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Anyone and everyone is beatable as Weidman has stated. Silva being only human is completely true, which is why Weidman himself will lose one day because he is only human as well.

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He speaks the truth, but I think there are some situations in a fight, in which Silva is unstoppable and a fighter like Weidman should acknowledge that, before the rematch. Some fighters lose focus for a second against Silva and I think he is a master at detecting such moments. Anderson takes advantage very quickly, when he spots those moments thanks to his advanced striking and speed. Weidman came prepared in the first fight, he paid attention throughout it and he won when he capitalized after Silva's clowning moments. That doesn't make Weidman way better than Silva and he needs to stay very focused like in the first fight, because Silva can make the rematch very ugly for the new champ just like that. Focus, Chris-kun, focus!
The rematch should be a measuring stick to where silva is at, for the most part I believed he lost focus a long time. However he kept winning as he is just that talented. We'll get to see what a focus and a hungry silva looks like, it have been almost seven years since we seen it. Crazy that this is the first time in seven years someone else than ilva has held that MW belt.
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The rematch should be a measuring stick to where silva is at, for the most part I believed he lost focus a long time. However he kept winning as he is just that talented. We'll get to see what a focus and a hungry silva looks like, it have been almost seven years since we seen it. Crazy that this is the first time in seven years someone else than ilva has held that MW belt.
An elite legend like Silva has been focused and hungry his entire career, which is one of the many reasons he reached that kind of status in the first place. This includes his last fight against Weidman for anyone still making up excuses for his recent loss.
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An elite legend like Silva has been focused and hungry his entire career, which is one of the many reasons he reached that kind of status in the first place. This includes his last fight against Weidman for anyone still making up excuses for his recent loss.
You are telling me that you don't lose a little of that focus and hunger when you are at the top and fame and all the external stuff comes into play? I'm not making excuses Cw won that fight , I'm just saying the rematch should be a measuring stick to see how great he is. There is an interview where he talks about pressure, losing the belt, mistakes, losing focus,etc.
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You are telling me that you don't lose a little of that focus and hunger when you are at the top and fame and all the external stuff comes into play? I'm not making excuses Cw won that fight , I'm just saying the rematch should be a measuring stick to see how great he is. There is an interview where he talks about pressure, losing the belt, mistakes, losing focus,etc.
I hate to quote Rocky but "It isn't about how hard you can get hit. It is about how hard you can get hit and get back up!" Very true. There are a lot of fighters that once they lose at their peak they tend to never really return to form. Whether that is their skills just aren't there, or the new breed is better than the old and so what used to be amazing is more routine now, either way the result is the same.

I agree, this rematch will be very telling. Weidman could win but AS still show us that he is still at that level, but if he get skunked it will be very telling.
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You are telling me that you don't lose a little of that focus and hunger when you are at the top and fame and all the external stuff comes into play? I'm not making excuses Cw won that fight , I'm just saying the rematch should be a measuring stick to see how great he is. There is an interview where he talks about pressure, losing the belt, mistakes, losing focus,etc.
Silva was the same fighter against Weidman, he was focused, clearly wanted to win and tried everything in his bag of tricks to get Weidman to make a mistake. I'm referring to your first post which mentions that Silva has not been focused or hungry in over 7 years because the exact opposite is true about your statement.
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Highly doubt that Silva is hungry now all of a sudden... He's a legend in UFC, famous in Brazil, got lots of money... Touching the gold again won't mean much, he's not a 25-year-old kid anymore.
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Highly doubt that Silva is hungry now all of a sudden... He's a legend in UFC, famous in Brazil, got lots of money... Touching the gold again won't mean much, he's not a 25-year-old kid anymore.
Silva regaining the title won't mean much?

For sure, Silva only signed up for the rematch because he's not hungry to avenge his loss and get back the championship belt or anything irrelevant like that. It must be solely for another big pay day even though Silva already has more money then he knows what to do with.
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