Weidman: Silva ‘realized he couldn’t hurt me’
Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is famous for getting in his ooponent’s heads, but Chris Weidman said Saturday night, the roles reveresed.
“He had felt my power and knew I was way more powerful than him, and he realized he couldn’t hurt me with anything he was going to do,” Weidman said Tuesday.
“I was in there right away trying to finish him, I don’t think he’s used to that.”
“I didn’t really care where the fight went. I went for a kneebar and knew there was a risk of the guy getting back to his feet if I couldn’t finish. I either wanted to submit him on the floor or knock him out.”
“I threw my forehead on his fists a few times, to let him know I wasn’t scared – ‘Give me your best shot, I’ll eat it.”
“He was trying to get me to freeze up, make me feel like I didn’t belong in the cage with him.”
Finally, Weidman ended the antics, concluding, “I’m coming after you now.”
Weidman said he enjoyed a lunch with White Monday that is due to be followed by a substantial financial bonus — “Let’s just say I’m happy to be part of the UFC,” Weidman said.
Weidman said he is likely to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee soon to clear out some “bone chips or scar tissue … that’ll only lay me up two weeks, then I’ll get back to training.”