I’ll start this off by saying that Chris Weidman absolutely deserves respect for his win over Anderson Silva, regardless of your opinion of how it went down or what would go down in a rematch. He’ll always be that footnote in Anderson Silva’s career and epic title run, which is an accomplishment in and of itself. On top of that, his has his own career which is really just starting out right now, and he has shown that he can do some incredible things.
You’ll probably notice that most of the media coverage over the past few days has focused on Anderson Silva, with Chris Weidman really not getting much attention. That really just speaks to the fact that Anderson Silva’s title reign was so huge and historic that it coming to an end was a huge story to take away from UFC 162. New champions are exciting, but they do tend to happen rather often within the UFC.
Well, the LA Times spoke with Chris Weidman about his victory and, well, it happened. I still am curious as to why he thought that in 2013 a kneebar would dethrone one of the greatest champions in history, like if Ken Shamrock was helping drill submissions with him. This is a collection of quotes from the article and, well, you can come to your own conclusions.
“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.
“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.”