Dana White: I Think The Old Anderson Is Going To Show Up Dec. 28

Following Anderson Silva’s historic loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 162, the question of whether his loss was due to a well placed punch by Weidman, or down to the Brazilians error has been asked frequently. It’s the big question heading into their rematch at UFC 168.

Silva has said that the loss was all down to a “technical error” from just having his foot in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Fans and media have been very critical of the former champion. Suggesting that his clowning around was the real factor behind “The Spiders” loss.

Silva shot back at those critic’s saying that he was just fighting how he always does and it was simply a mistake. A mistake that the Brazilian says won’t happen in their highly awaited rematch. UFC President Dana White spoke to Fox Sports Live recently and said people shouldn’t question the MMA legend.

“I’ve talked to him at length about it, and he’s got this thing where his foot was in the wrong position, and had his foot been in a different position that would have never happened,” White recently told “FOX Sports Live” on FOX Sports 1. “I mean, how do you question Anderson Silva? The guy’s a master. He loses one fight, the critics dive in and start ripping him apart, like they know what the hell they’re talking about. Look what the guy has accomplished in his career. Maybe it was one little foot movement. We’ll find out Dec. 28.”

But the question still remains which Silva will show up on December 28th? Will we see “The Spider” who demolished former opponents like Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort? Or will we see the underestimating Silva? Who pranced around against Damian Maia and clowned around fighting Weidman. White shared his thoughts.

“That’s the big question of this fight,” White said. “Everybody’s asking which Anderson Silva is going to show up. Is he going to mess around like he did last time? What’s he going to do? Who knows. I can tell you this: I think he’s going to show up and be focused, and be as sharp as he’s ever been and try to win this fight. That’s what I think he’s going to do.”

If Silva is victorious against Weidman another question still remains. What’s next for the 38 year old legend?

Silva has wiped out the 185lbs division, scoring highlight reel finishes over most. Bar from a rubber match with Weidman,the only other top contenders in the division are Lyoto Machida and Ronaldo Souza. Both teammates of “The Spider”, who he refuses to face.

One potential fight for Silva which has been discussed for some time, is a boxing match against multiple time world champion Roy Jones Jr. Jones, who hasn’t fought since June last year, spoke about the potential fight with Boxing News recently.

“He said that’s his lifelong dream,” Jones said. “We’ve got to make that happen. If (Silva) beats Weidman, then we’ll do a boxing match, which is what he wants to do. … If he beats Weidman, I’ve got to be ready for it because he’s going to be coming for me – and I want to be ready when he comes for me. I want to give him what he wants.”

It would seem Jones is indeed preparing for a potential fight with Silva. The 44 year old is set to box again for the vacant WBU Cruiserweight title against Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf, on the 21st this month. The boxing legend is then set to be cage side during Weidman and Silva’s epic rematch a week later. After years off shooting down rumours, White seemed a little bit more open to the possibility.

“These two drive me crazy. They drive me crazy,” White said. “First of all, Roy Jones Jr. is a longtime friend of mine. When I was a 19-year-old kid in the boxing business, Roy Jones was very good to me. So I’m in this position where I feel like Roy wants to fight him, he wants to fight Roy – I feel like I’m in this position to try to make both of these guys happy. But it drives me crazy.

“I would love Roy Jones Jr. to focus on his next opponent and Anderson to focus on his. We’ll talk about all this stuff. I know Roy’s coming to the fight – we’ll see what happens.”

Firstly though, Silva has to get by Weidman, who handed the Brazilian his first loss in over seven years. What do you think about a potential Jones Jr. vs. Silva crossover match ? Is it all talk? Or could it possibly happen?


23 Comments

  1. Avatar of Brian Cox

    Brian Cox

    December 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Cool, the young champion Chris Weidman will follow him into the ring and defeat him again.

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    Brasil

    December 8, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Have a bad feeling about this one…….again.

  3. Avatar of MagicMMA

    MagicMMA

    December 8, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    The 'old' Anderson Silva? The guys loses one fight because he got caught and people act as if he is washed up? He did the same thing he has done for years only Chris capitalized. I agree in that I think he will come focused and though he may still taunt, I doubt he will close his eyes and do the stanky leg. On the flip side, Weidman vs Belfort is a fight I would love to see

    • Avatar of IGMBurninPiff

      IGMBurninPiff

      December 8, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      I really don't like the way you put it. While I agree he does what he's done against countless opponents he took it 1 step too far. literally. No honestly watch when he does he fake stanky leg o I'm hurt ouch thing. His eyes are shut the 1rst time and he's looking away the second time. He took his taunting too far. Nothing taken away from Weidman he capitalized and finished the Spider. He was absolutely far passed his usual line.

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    André Amorim

    December 8, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    When Anderson win Weidman, will have so many good options! Vitor Belfort, Jon Jones and Roy Jones, any of these fights will be awesome!!

  5. Avatar of cranestyle

    cranestyle

    December 8, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    So will we get THE old Anderson, or just Anderson being old.

    Two warning signs with a fighter. One, people start talking about wanting to be the "old" version of themselves.

    Being in denial about why they lost. Silva needs to do a lot more than just change the position of his feet a bit to change the outcome.

  6. Avatar of Bruce Lee

    Bruce Lee

    December 8, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    First Sonnen lands more strikes on Silva than Silva was hit with in all of his previous UFC career combined and then Weidman knocks him out. That's Chael Sonnen folks – a wrestler. This look suspiciously like the early part of Fedor's downward spiral into retirement.

    Don't get me wrong, Silva is the best professional MMArtist ever but the "old Silva" isn't coming back. Nobody outruns father time.

    • Avatar of Zip

      Zip

      December 8, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      And Chris knows this too, that's why he's not scared of AS, not even a little bit. I almost wish he wouldn't rematch Chris, no need to see that again.

    • Avatar of chael4president1

      chael4president1

      December 9, 2013 at 12:20 am

      Well put Mr. Stephenson. Even if Silva wins this fight, it doesn't prove that last time was a fluke. Or that last time was a result of him clowning more than usual.

      And of course it comes down to a mistake. It was not just because his foot was in the wrong place. His head was in the wrong place at the wrong time. That may be the end result of the position of his feet. But anytime someone gets KO'd, it is ultimately a result of a mistake they made. That doesn't make it a fluke.

  7. Avatar of enjoylife321

    enjoylife321

    December 8, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Its normal !

  8. Avatar of watermelon fresh

    watermelon fresh

    December 8, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Here's what concerns me and I agree with Michael.

    1. Chris Weidman looked like he may have been able to take Silva down often in first fight and he's going to go all out 2nd trying to take him down and will not be talked into standing by Anderson. If Weidman can execute take downs it may end up being a disaster for Silva.

    2. Silva could not land punches on Weidman and when Silva was trying to Bob and weave he was getting tagged by Weidman. This frustrated Silva and That's when he started with the whole, go ahead and hit me, you can't hurt me stuff.

    3.
    Weidman was landing punches and Silva wasn't, on top of that Weidman has crazy confidence and has only improved since last fight.

    I really want Silva to win, just concerned his career will end up like Fedor ' s.

  9. Avatar of SatelliteMan

    SatelliteMan

    December 9, 2013 at 12:28 am

    T-mins 20 days…I am stoked!!

  10. Avatar of DanaBlack

    DanaBlack

    December 9, 2013 at 1:00 am

    The "Old Anderson" showed up last time, but the the Old Anderson's tactics didn't work out against Weidman. If the Old Anderson shows up again, he will get his *** kicked. Either way, I think Anderson is in for difficult fight.

  11. Avatar of enjoylife321

    enjoylife321

    December 9, 2013 at 3:30 am

    There is only one question that needs to be asked…Is weidman a better striker than Silva?

    • Avatar of MagicMMA

      MagicMMA

      December 9, 2013 at 7:30 am

      You're kidding right ? Regardless of what happened on the last fight Weidman is not even close to the same level Silva is on

      • Avatar of watermelon fresh

        watermelon fresh

        December 9, 2013 at 3:51 pm

        How can you say regardless of what happened last fight Weidman is not on same level as Silva? HE KNOCKED ANDERSON OUT! Does not matter if Silva was playing or not serious or made a " technical mistake"

        Silva had a meltdown during the fight. He was screaming and had to be pulled to his corner after first round….You may want to ask yourself why he behave this way. I am guessing he was frustrated because he was having a tough time in standup. He could not get off in fear of a take down and was not landing and Weidman was landing.

        Saying what happened in last fight does not matter is most ignorant comment I've read on here in a long time. In that case and by that rational Silva's win over Vitor and does not matter and for that matter none of SIlva's wins matter. To say that is silly, SIlva is probably best MMA fighter in history, just like it's silly to say Weidmans win does not matter or he's not on same level, last time I check knocking out someone at the very minimums puts you on their level in rematch.

        Why you think Anderson has supposedly trained so hard in this training camp? He's concerned

  12. Avatar of Entity

    Entity

    December 9, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    He got a new Silva for Xmas….remove the pain in the azz shrink wrap with pocket knife(careful not to cut the Silva) then install batteries and Wallahh!! I hope this Silva was as good as the last one. (8P)

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