Weidman Was Laughing In His Head

As Ariel Helwani prefaced his interview (today) with the new UFC middleweight Champion of the world Chris Weidman, he said “it’s an unbelievable story.”

4 short years ago Chris Weidman got into MMA and because he thought he could be champion and he did it based off the belief that he could beat the then reigning champion, Anderson Silva. 2 years later, while living in his parents basement along with his wife and child, he was in the UFC and 2 years after that, he defeated the very man that had inspired him to enter MMA. That is a remarkable story.

In terms of the win that has placed him a-top of the 185 pound heap and the questions which have swirled, as to whether or not Silva threw the fight or wanted to dump the belt, “The All-American” stated:

“I’m not here to change other people’s opinions, but I’ll tell you one thing, he did not give me the belt, he did not throw the fight…he was doing exactly what he does in all his fights. He had his hands down. He was trying to mentally defeat me, make me freeze, make me feel like I didn’t deserve to be in the ring with him.”

Weidman said that Silva changed tactics in the 2nd and probably because he felt his (Chris’s) power on the ground. The All-American feels that he could have kept him there, but gave up the top-position in favor of going for the leg-lock. The champ said he did so, because he likes to “go for things” and he wants his fights to be “exciting”.

Chris said the (former) champ taunted him at round’s break, telling him “don’t wrestle, don’t make it a wrestle, they want to see a stand-up fight.”

As the 2nd started Weidman said:

“I felt in control. He was doing all that stuff, but in my mind, I’m just laughing. I’m like…Bro, I’m winning the fight. I’m punching you right now and you’re standing there with your hands on your hips. You can do that all day if you want…It got to the point where I figured, I’m going to get in this guy’s face…you’re not doing this to me pal and I went in for the kill.”

Of Silva’s style and plan, Chris remarked:

“He wanted me to freeze He’s a counter-puncher. He’s not that good when he’s getting off first. He’s more of a guy who needs you to get off first. So, he needs you to start swinging at him, but you’ve got to do it intelligently.”

The All-American said the (former) champ never hurt him and he thought “Holy crap, this is happening” when Silva went down.

Of a re-match Weidman is “confident” that it will happen and that he can beat Silva again and differently. He believes the fight is apt to take place in February (Super Bowl weekend) and in New Jersey.

Chris also believes that of all the fighters in the division, that Vitor Belfort “deserves it more” than Bisping or anyone else (we will assume).

If you watch the video, catch Matt Serra being brought on the line to say “Yo, the new Champ! The new Champ!”

Good for Chris on the win. It was earned and he’s a heck of a nice guy.

 


19 Comments

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    Kevin

    July 9, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I'm starting to hope Jones loses his next fight and we can just get a super fight anyways.

    With his win the Middleweight division suddenly became interesting.

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      Evan Holober

      July 9, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      I think they could still just do the Superfight. Would you be interested if Anderson just said screw it to 185 for the rest of his career, and took on other fighters?

      I definitely would. I think he'd draw enough eyeballs (even after just losing).

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        Brian Cox

        July 9, 2013 at 11:14 pm

        I'm with you Evan. I still believe Jones / Silva is a fight people want to see and you're right, it would draw eyeballs…PPV eyeballs. I'd be buying it.

        I think Dana miscalculates on this one. There is value in the fight and if he fought Jones before he fought Weidman and lost to Jones, it wouldn't really be a big deal. It could easily be pushed off as Jones being the younger, heavier fighter.

        He could then come back and fight Weidman and if he lost again, retire. At least, I'd think that would be the reasonable path to take after 3 losses.

        It's a thought, at any rate.

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      Dabs

      July 10, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      Helwani must be loving this being a Fedor nuthugger…

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    Evan Holober

    July 9, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Makes sense. He's even said other places he didn't really shoot fully on the take down in the second round, and just did it to keep mixing things up.

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      chael4president1

      July 10, 2013 at 1:22 am

      But yes I agree with most everyone that I'd still love to see Jones vs. Silva. We all know they talked about catchweight anyway. So Jones shouldn't have to lose a fight just to make this superfight possible. People want to see this fight so they can see Jon Jones lose more than anything. So it's almost better that it isn't for the belt as long as Anderson isn't staying at 205. Anderson can finally have everyone cheering for him, and could be the guy to teach Jones some humility. Dana should make the fight for that reason alone, if he doesn't see all the other reasons. Mainly that fans want to see that fight.

      If people want to see Anderson fight in an "all business" kind of style. I think fighting Jones would make that happen. I don't imagine Silva would be clowning and playing around against a fighter that he seems to view as equal or better than himself. Maybe he would if that's what he does when he's having trouble getting openings. But if "serious Silva" really is better Silva. I think this fight would show that.

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    Entity

    July 10, 2013 at 12:34 am

    If Silva saw my reaction to that KO, he would kick my azz.

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    chael4president1

    July 10, 2013 at 1:08 am

    If Weidman had won by submission there would be a lot less people saying Anderson wasn't trying and will definitely win the rematch. Weidman is right. Anderson was doing what he always does, but it didn't work on him. At the start of the fight I was very impressed with how fluid Chris Weidman's standup was looking. It looked like he was controlling the standup and Anderson was the one trying to make adjustments and figure Chris out. I think in 10 fights both fighters might win 5. And the 5 fights Chris wins would be 3 or 4 subs or GnP victories. Plus 1 like the real fight was. Anderson's 5 wins would probably be all striking. However Weidman's standup is good enough that it's not a huge surprise if he ever lands something on Silva.

    It just seems ridiculous how many people are in such denial that Anderson finally lost. Silva fans can't or won't give credit where credit is due, unless the credit goes to Anderson. It's ridiculous to say "Well yeah Weidman won fair and square. But only because Silva wasn't doing his best. And in a rematch Silva will easily win." If Weidman won fair and square it is because he was the better man that night. Maybe the fight would have been longer if Silva wasn't trying his little mind games. But also maybe if Weidman was trying his hardest to only fight on the ground, maybe Silva would still be subbed or TKO'd on the ground in the 2nd or 3rd.

    All I know for sure is Silva must have felt pretty helpless on the ground, or he wouldn't have been as upset after the 1st. Acting like a child.

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    VERMELHO

    July 10, 2013 at 4:39 am

    What everyone seems to forget is that Belfort got front kicked in the face by Silva to lose by KO/TKO and then his (Belfort) next fight was against Jones at light heavyweight. Given that logic there should be no particular reason Silva can't do the same. Belfort has been quite lucky to jump between divisions into high profile fights…

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    dropkickmurphy

    July 10, 2013 at 6:37 am

    At the end of the day, regardless of Silva's actions, Weidman went out there, did exactly what he said he was going to do.

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    N.C.

    July 10, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I think what everybody forgets, Anderson passed the torch in the most classy way.

    He tried to turn the disappointed Brazilian fans into Chris fans. He also didn't make excuses!

    Look it guys in other sports got ragged on I remember when Jagger got older, people ragged on him because he would try to do too many fakes going to the net. Or how Kobe gets called a ball hog when they loose. But you guys need to keep in mind. Thats why we care about them…. they took risks and did things others were scared to do. in that is their greatness.

    Try to remember that jumping off the bandwagon and crapping on the former champ.

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      TheRealDeal

      July 10, 2013 at 11:58 am

      Yeah, that was real classy the way he made a complete A$$ out of himself, instead of showing everyone what a true champion is. Silva is an egomaniac. Thanks for the B'ball references that nobody give s a crap about.

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      Brian Cox

      July 10, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      As a Weidman fan, I'm a little shocked at the beating Anderson has taken over the loss.

      To me, he did what he always did, but he pushed the envelope too far and as CageRage says below….his chicken dance may work with middle-of-the-road fighters, but Chris Weidman is no middle-of-the-road fighter.

      He got caught tying to "game" a fighter that was not going to be gamed and was not going to be wowed by, intimidated by or mentally F'd over, by Anderson Silva.

      He's always bet red at the roulette table and this time, it came up black. Lights out and belt gone.

      That said, he was a hell of a champion, still is a great fighter and all the other things he was prior to his loss. His fans should support and rally to his cause, not criticize an over-use of the tactics that they've come to love and expect and the fighter who has so consistently delivered them and along with victory, after victory.

      He lost, that's all he did and the re-match…oh, man…we're already looking forward to it, aren't we? Fight and let fight. Allow the cards to drop where they may and rejoice in the efforts that thrill us all; win or lose.

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    TheRealDeal

    July 10, 2013 at 11:56 am

    What you saw was the difference between Silva doing his B.S. chicken dance in front of a middle of the road contender opposed to doing it in front of a smart and highly skilled champion level fighter like Weidman.

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