Anderson Silva: “The Last Fight is in the Past… Everything is Going to be Different Now”

December 25, 2013
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Anderson-Silva-UFC-162-weigh-2-478x270On July 6, the crowd inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas sat stunned as Chris Weidman dethroned the greatest champion in UFC history, Anderson Silva, by knockout in the second round of the UFC 162 main event.

The highlight reel plays over and over in commercials advertising the rematch set for UFC 168 on Dec. 28 in the same venue. Silva had his hands down and was acting like he was hurt by a left hand that Weidman had just landed. His in-octagon antics gained him legendary status, but on that night they proved to be his undoing. Seizing the moment, Weidman pressed forward with a three-punch combination. Silva dodged and weaved his way around the first two, but was unable to avoid the third, which left him unconscious for the first time in his 16-year career.

The former champion would like to put the loss behind him and regain the title he once had in the rematch.

“The last fight is in the past. I’m really looking forward to this next fight, and everything is going to be different,” said Silva on a recent media conference call promoting the event.

When the rematch was announced a week following UFC 162, Silva stated, “I back. Trust me, I back.”

Earlier this month, Silva characterized his mistakes in the first fight as “basic mistakes.”

“My mistakes in that fight, and this is the first time I’m saying this, were basic mistakes,” Silva told Sportv. “I did everything I had to do except hit him. I didn’t counterattack. When I stopped with my feet parallel, I should have hit him and walked one step behind. I didn’t do that. I saw my mistakes and I’m working on that to train for this next fight.”

Silva has made the necessary adjustments in training and promises the rematch will be different.

“Obviously we made a few changes. When you see a mistake, you’ve got to get back and see where that mistake is and change things around. But like I said, that’s in the past and everything is going to be different from now on,” he said during the conference call.

Asked if the loss has reinvigorated his drive to compete, Silva told MMAWeekly.com, “Of course.”

Since signing with the UFC in 2006, Silva has rewritten the UFC history books. His accomplishments include the most consecutive title defenses with ten, the most Knockout of the Night awards with seven, the most finishes in UFC history, the most finishes in title fights, the most consecutive wins inside the Octagon, and the longest title reign, which lasted 2,457 days. He has nothing left to prove, except whether or not he can become a two-time champion.

“I believe that when you’re well-trained and you’re in a good mindset and you’re happy doing what you’re doing that anything is possible,” said Silva. “I don’t think I have anything to prove to anyone, but I’m very motivated.”

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  • Big Tuna

    Clowns belong in the circus Anderson!

    • Jason Hatley

      Silva teased the guy the whole fight. Silva was basically fighting someone who was no where around his skill level. However, his clowning got him caught. Which he deserved for teasing someone who has trained his whole life to get where he is today. I see silva winning in the first or second round with a ko. However im glad weidman caught him and i hope silva learns not to toy with is opponents and making jokes out of them. The joke was on him this time. Im sure he will think twice before he goes to tease his opponents from now on.

      • Ron Bidelman Jr.

        Dude put the crack down. You sound like a moron. Chris is undefeated. No one has taken him to the ground. He has 100 percent take down defense. His striking is 10 fold above Silvas. What does that leave Silva?? Cant wait to shut you nuthuggers up AGAIN!!

        • Timothy Roberson

          Dude apparently you’re the big nut higher here. Everyone has a freakin opinion and I’m sorry dude but numbers don’t lie and to say that Weidman’s striking is above Silva’s, dude you shouldn’t be talking about someone putting the crack pipe down. 10 fold against Silva? Really dude? I have a lot of respect for Weidman but even he would say that his striking isn’t as good as Silva. I give credit where it’s due, Weidman has a f****** ground game that’s unmatched in the division, but to say his striking is better? Oooh, that’s taking it a wee but too far my friend. Reassess your thoughts and rewrite that.

          • shaddap

            This guy swallows gallons of Weidman spunk. Daily.

        • Jason Hatley

          Maybe one day Ron will learn something about MMA. Ill let his comment speak for its self. I remember when i was twelve. lol

  • james j

    Outside of Brazil, Silva is looked at a clown who is a great fighter.

    • Mark McDowall

      So this “clown” who ripped through the MW division and did the exact same thing to the best the UFC had to offer…and you are saying he’s looked at as a clown? You must not watch alot of MMA…Silva did the same juking and dodging to multiple opponents and never got cought…the reason Weidman “figured it out” was because he was the only opponent who threw more than 2 or 3 punches…it was the 5th or 6th punch that caught him.

      Talking bad about one of the greatest…if not THE greatest mixed martial artist of modern time is just dumb.

      • james j

        Clown. Stop whining.

      • fsunoles10

        well when you clown majority of the people you fight that is gonna rub a lot of people the wrong way, he didnt say he was a clown in the sense of a bad fighter cuz obviously he acknowledge he was a great fighter just a clown which i can agree with you dont disrespect most of your opinion and get the luxury to be looked at as humble.

        • fsunoles10

          *most of the fighters he fought.
          auto correct f’ing up apparently

        • Mark McDowall

          I think he was doing that in fights because he knew none of his opponents up until Sonnen really posed a threat.

          Ali did that same kind of stuff in his fights and he’s considered the greatest boxer of all time…MMA fans are very fickle and judge a fighter.

    • TNT

      I never heard one reference to silva being a clown until he lost. People pay to see him fight because of his style. The clowns are the people talking crap on Anderson cause he finally lost. He might have gotten a little carried away with weidman and he paid for it. He will ” clown” around until he retires cause it entertains fans and it is his style. “Like water”.

      • Ron Bidelman Jr.

        The only clown i see is Silva nuthuggers who will make more excuses for the next loss.

  • Pat Garret

    I see a vision, the ref raising Silva arm. With him muttering the words.” I Back Baby!” I Back!

    • lowlb

      Now I retire. I tired. Good-bye.

      • Pat Garret

        Let’s see what happens on Saturday . Man, I am feeling so much anticipation for this fight.

        • deepgrim

          me too really could go either way. im wondering wat will happen afterwards tho, with machida a top contender at 185 and silva saying they will never fight, will silva leave the division anyway regardless, and target lhw division to try and join a dual title owner like couture

    • taylor2008

      Dont you mean Weidman helping Silva off the floor while Silva was say….”My back baby! My Back!”

    • Ron Bidelman Jr.

      I see Weidman with his hands raised saying…..ITS NORMAL…ITS NORMAL…!!! LMAO

  • tyrone

    First fight weidman dominated every second of the fight.gnp ‘ing and the stand up was all weidman. Weidman had just got major surgery and was fighting supposedly the greatest ever,however weidman believed in his abilities. This fight weidman is even more prepared with a completely healed shoulder and knowing what he can do to silva, not just believing.

    • Dragon Kid

      First fight Weidman was basically hitting a punching bag for two rounds

    • Ron Bidelman Jr.

      Hell yea brutha!! And lets not mention the fact he lost like 20 lbs in 13 days to fight Maia AND BEAT HIM. And dominated Munoz. These mofos have no clue.

  • #1mmafan.

    Weidman is going to do it again. And then all of the Ican’t standyason Silva fans will need a wambulance!!! Ha!Ha!

  • AndersonRules

    Weidman will get KO’ed and then people will finally realize that it was all a fluke because Anderson didn’t really feel like fighting that night. You just wait and see. In fact, Silva will fight like when he did with Leben and Franklin and Irving and when Weidman is on the floor unconscious he will then do his famous brazillian dance and then walk over to weidman to help him get up.

    • fsunoles10

      bro im so damn tired of that pathetic excuse by you nut huggers and im a silva fan myself but it so damn stupid to make all these excuses for the man. if he ended up ko’ing weidman that fight you would be on his nuts talking about how much greater he is than everybody and how he does it to everybody but since he finally got caught clowning which he does all the time you take credit away from weidman. the reality is nobody else did that to silva when he was clowning why is that? regardless of what you think the reality is silva got put to sleep and weidman was the person to do it.

      • dgs

        I don’t know about the dude you’re replying to, but I was screaming at Silva to stop the clowning before the KO. Had Silva KO’d Chris I still would have been pissed he fought like that. For one, it’s a bit disrespectful to his opponents, even if his timing is usually unreal, allowing him to fight with his hands down and his chin out.

        Second, I noticed Silva started fighting like that after beating many opponents, quite easily. I believe he became bored with his competition because he was really so much better than everyone else. I always knew if he kept the clowning bit up (which I think he started doing when he fought Thales Leites) he was going to fight some one good enough to capitalize, and, we see what happened. Weidman was just the fighter to capitalize.

        Maybe that was the lesson Silva needed to learn. I really do believe there will be a different Silva in that Octagon on Saturday; you know the unstoppable version who used to go in there deadly serious, with killer instinct, taking care of business quickly!

        • Ron Bidelman Jr.

          The lesson is…. he is washed up. In with the new out with the old. Happens. Get use to it.

          • archaictext

            That’s bogus. He isn’t washed up. You are a fool. This is his first loss as the longest reigning champion in UFC history, and (not to take anything away from Weidman but) it was because he was clowning around and got caught. He wasn’t fighting his best and everyone knows it. I think Chris is a great fighter, and he may win, but you need to learn what being washed up means.

        • fsunoles10

          maybe you would have felt that way but lets be honest if silva would have ended up knocking weidman there would have been people coming out the woodwork talking about how great silva is and how weidman didnt deserve to be in there and thats what im getting tired of, people being such nut huggers that they refuse to speak rationally. but anyone who has seen my comments on this fight knows that i agree with you i think silva will come in focused and leave with the ko but at the same time i dont let a bias cloud my judgement.

    • taylor2008

      Weidman isnt Leben or Franklin. He has FAR better skills than any of those 2. Not even close. Weidmans wrestling will take it.

    • Ron Bidelman Jr.

      We will see clown.

  • Brian Revell

    i won debate this but being a silva fan since 2003 i honestly am biased.. 2nd round ko

    • Mr Pete

      +1

    • Mark McDowall

      I agree…this will be a replay of Silva/Sonnen 2

  • fsunoles10

    i want weidman to win although i am a fan of silva i hate how he clowns people and barring him clowning weidman again i have silva by ko. dont think he will come in messing around and is gonna put the funk down.

  • Mr Pete

    I have this gut feeling that Weidman will be outclassed and punished brutally. I just cant see Silva losing this, his second fight with Chael should indicate a vague scenario. He’s not going to dance and he’s not going to play because this time is game time. He knows he cant just coast by like all the others. He will approach, stay his distance with jabs and kicks. Look for him to use the cage (Bonner) allow Weidman to exert all his juice in the first 2 and we will see a beating for the next 3 at distance of course. I’m calling it now… Rich Franklin type beating Plum, clinch, knees to death against the cage. Weidman will desperately try for the TD only to be caught with a knee to the face. He wanted to prove a point with Franklin and he’s going to do it again to Weidman.

    • Ron Bidelman Jr.

      Mr Clown. Weidman dominates every match hes in. Silva is gonna get his ass beat. Again. Period. he has nothing for Weidman!!

      • archaictext

        Silva has nothing for Weidman?! hahahaha! The man who is the most decorated champion in the UFC, and who has been the pound for pound best fighter in the world for how long? has nothing for Chris Weidman?! The guy who only just won the belt, because the champ was show boating? You are a fool. Chris is an amazing fighter, and he may win because anything can happen in a fight, but you are just being moronic by saying Anderson “has nothing for Weidman”. LMAO.

    • lowlb

      I think Silva got his ass kicked for the first round, got frustrated and as you say, up’d the antics out of frustration. Remember, Chael was on regulated TRT for the 2nd fight. Chael and Weidman have excellent wrestling in common but Weidman is way better than Sonnen at everything else. If Weidman can use his wrestling and take downs he can win by discision.
      For the most part, I do agree with you though. Silva will do everything he can to avoid wrestling and take downs. I think Wiedman will make a mistake in the stand-up and Silva will capitalize.
      If Silva can avoid get frustrated and clowning around and making mistakes himself…

  • rapidfire

    what many people fail to realize is that when things don’t go well for silva during a fight, he really ups the antics to play with his opponent’s head than he normally does. as you all know it’s all about match up and wiedman is the worst match up stylistically for silva. i fully expect chris wiedman to finish silva and beat him worse than the last time. chris wiedman has all the tools to beat silva. he’s got enough striking skills to set him up for take down and he’s submission is much better than silva to catch him in a submission. chris is no chael sonnen. chris wiedman will do it again..Yes I said it here!!! talk to me after sat to see who was right!

    • archaictext

      Sure you MIGHT be right. Chris is good, that’s for sure, but what makes you think his submission skills are better?

      • rapidfire

        i believe per roger gracie or some gracie who said chris wiedman jitsu skill is at very high level.

  • otto

    No one knows who’s gonna win for sure, either guy has the skills to do it, I see it exactley 50/50, wouldnt bet a nickel on this won…..although I do anticipate one of the greatest re-matches of all time, it has the potential…..fan of both fighters, although gotta say wouldnt mind seeing CW winning this one,…..its about that time for a change in the MW div

    • Mike mckinney

      If you really think its 50/50 then you should be betting. You can get weidman for 3/1 on the money. If it really was 50/50 you could make some money.

  • http://www.nerdstalker.com/ Nerd Stalker

    I’m a Silva fan but I think Weidmans youth and brute strength will give him the edge again.

    • archaictext

      But that’s not what gave him the edge the first time. What do you mean again? The only reason Chris won was because Silva was acting like a fool.

      • lowlb

        Yes! ^ THIS!!
        But you have to admit that first round looked bad for Silva. Silva’s bonkers dude he still could lose this fight just like he lost the last one, by act “like a fool” to quote you.
        I hope Siva acts professionally..

  • taylor2008

    I like both of these guys. Both great for the sport with likable personalities. Saying all this….I think Weidman is going to win again. If he stays away from Silvas “bait in” tactics and uses his wrestling….I think he wins it again. Unlike Chael who dominated Silva for 4 1/2 rounds the first fight, Weidman has Jitz skills. Weidman is a better wrestler than Sonnen but with other ground skills. Chael pretty much had none in that fight and still dominated.
    With Weidmans skills and strength over Silva…I think Chris takes it again.

    • lowlb

      Chael failed his drug test after the first Silva fight he was on elevated TRT… His next fight was (Stann) MIchael Bisping with regulated TRT and he barely won.

      You people are in denial of TRT. When fighters fail their drug test it is because the drug provided them with an unfair advantage. WAKE UP that is why Chael dominated the first fight!
      Testosteron is a steroid.
      Chael Sonnen Takes Steroids!
      Apparently, Weidman does not. If Weidman can out wrestle Silva, he’ll win or if Silva clowns around again Weidman has a good chance of repeating.

      • archaictext

        Weidman won’t win for sure if he out wrestles Silva. That’s ridiculous. Silva has faced many great wrestlers and won. He is still a great submission specialist as well. They are both great fighters and it could go either way.

        • lowlb

          I completely agree with your last statement.

      • taylor2008

        Please dont post about stuff you dont understand. I have friends that are doctors and know all about this. The level given in TRT is very very small. It is NOT like how these bodybuilders take steriods or some of these athletes in baseball or football get caught with it. NOT EVEN CLOSE to those levels. And taking that little TRT is NOT going to give you some big advantage in fighting. Sonnens wrestling skills helped him with the advantage. Silva was worried about being taken down so it helped Sonnens boxing. Sonnen didnt have the elevated testosterone in the second fight and he came out and dominated the first round again with his wrestling. He go TKO’d in the second because of a stupid move. You dont preform a spinning back fist when you arent an expert in kickboxing. Sonnen got caught. If he would have stuck with his wrestling instead of doing something fancy he could have done the same thing to silva.
        So please dont pretend you know about TRT. You still need the skills to preform.

        • lowlb

          The TRT stuff isn’t for me to decide but it’s not difficult to understand. If you get busted for elevated T, it’s because the level of T taken is beyond the permissible level.
          Sure dude, Sonnen is a great fighter! BUt any of these fighters who are busted with elevated T levels beyond what is permissible – all of their previous fights, in which their TRT levels were not tested, should be under serious scrutiny.
          Anyway, who knows what’s going to happen. The match-up is awesome. The fighters are clean.
          I will say this, when a fighter losses because he was screwing around with his hands down, like Silva did in the last fight – the win doesn’t seem as legit. That knockout looked really stupid and not professional on Silva’s end.

          • taylor2008

            First of all unless you are taking large amounts of any steriod it is NOT going to affect you in the least bit when it comes to fighting. You either have the skills or not. I am 48 years old and I noticed my strength has gone down from my 30s. I train MMA and keep up with the much younger guys with higher testosterone levels than I. Why? its my skills. With Sonnen it was his wrestling and Silva not knowing when he was going to be taken down.
            Now regarding Silva and Weidman. Silva doing his faking thing was normal. He did the same thing with other fighters and baited them in then KO’d them. Silva just went up against another great fighter that was patient. The other could have fought silva better if they were patient. I think Silva and Weidman are evenly matched. Silva has the striking and experience advantage. Weidman has the wrestling, youth and strength. I am picking Weidman again but really this fight can go either way.