Silva & Weidman have very different thoughts on UFC 168 ending

Posted: January 13, 2014 in Commentary/Opinion
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Anderson Silva’s snapped leg in the rematch with Chris Weidman was not only a harsh and abrupt ending to the fight—and possibly Silva’s career—but also a point of debate for both sides of the debate. Silva supporters say the injury was an accident, a fluke. The other camp says it proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Weidman is better than The Spider.

Now both fighters have chimed in. And the two stances couldn’t be more different. Weidman had this to say:

“I honestly would feel bad to fight him again. I know he’s going to be a little hesitant to kick me. He has to worry about getting knocked out. I’ve dropped him twice, knocked him out once. And I don’t know if it’d even be a fair fight to take. There has to be a lot going through his head. Got a leg broken, got knocked out, got dropped. I don’t know where he is mentally, but fighting is 90% mental.”

As for Silva, he seems to dismissed the loss(es) completely. He said he doesn’t even consider this last one loss at all.

“I believe that, if you pay attention to these technical details, you will see that (checking the kick) was instinct, not something that he trained to do. No, I don’t think (Weidman should consider it a win). It was an accident. And I’m pretty sure I would have won the fight.”

In Weidman’s defense—not that he needs it, he’s got 2 wins on his record—he was handling Silva fairly thoroughly throughout the entire 1st round. In fact, he almost got the stoppage within the 1st frame. Having said that—and this is where Silva fans would chime in—the same could have been said for Chael Sonnen’s first 4+ rounds, and Silva still managed to win somehow.

One incident; 2 vastly contradicting opinions. Could this be an early precursor to Weidman/Silva 3 at some point down the line?


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