Heading into UFC 162, Chris Weidman will be a big under dog battling current champion, and undefeated in the UFC, Anderson Silva. Many a fighter has lost to Anderson Silva before stepping into the cage, however confidence is not a characterstic that Weidman is short on:
"I think what just got people going is my confidence," Weidman told Bleacher Report recently. "I'm not going to take that back, because I truly am confident. There should be no reason that I'm fighting if I wasn't confident. I have a lot of respect for Anderson Silva, but I'm confident I can beat him—and I think that's what gets people all up in arms, because they can't believe that I would have the disrespect to think that I could beat Anderson Silva. I earned this opportunity and I'm going to go in there and make the best of it."
"I think a lot of these guys show too much respect and fear and just kind of wanted to see how they would do against Anderson. This is everything for me. This is a life changer. This is life changing for my family and I'm not going in there to play games or to give him too much respect," Weidman revealed. "I'd be taking away from myself and my family. I'm not going to go in there and letting them down."
"It hasn't just been a year I've been mentally prepared for this fight. It's been since the day I decided to do MMA, I began to mentally prepare for this matchup," Weidman said. "Because Anderson Silva was the champion in my weight class, and when I got into this the only reason I was going to do it was to be champion, to be the best. From that day I've had to condition myself for fighting Anderson Silva and beating Anderson Silva."
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