UFC middleweight Chris Weidman turned heads on Wednesday night when he stopped Mark Munoz with strikes in the second round of their headlining tilt at UFC on Fuel 4. However, Weidman wasn’t finished opening eyes, opting to call out divisional champion Anderson Silva in hopes of securing a scrap with the Brazilian title-holder.
The 9-0 Weidman talked about his performance against Munoz, as well as his interest in a shot at Silva’s gold, in an interview with the UFC moments after notching the victory.
“I kept a good pace on top. He was fighting my hands really good. I’m pretty dangerous there. He did a good job stopping at me at my submissions. I actually had a couple pretty close but otherwise he did a great job. And he’s a tough ass dude,” said Weidman of Munoz, explaining the elbow-strike he landed to set up the finish was something he’d worked on in practice with coach Ray Longo.
“(Munoz) throws a big right hand and I wanted to kinda sneak in a right elbow when he was doing that. And I got it. It’s awesome man. It’s a good feeling,” admitted the still-smiling Weidman.
As far as a showdown with Silva, Weidman alluded to recent wins over Munoz and Demian Maia as having built his confidence up to the point he feels he’s ready for the opportunity despite his the fact he hasn’t cracked double-digits yet where total professional pairings are concerned.
“Whatever’s offered I’m perfectly happy but I really want Anderson Silva – I really want a shot at that belt,” offered Weidman on the topic. “I don’t really need to win anymore. I feel like I’m ready now. It’s up to the UFC but I feel like I’m ready.”
Check out the complete interview with Weidman below:
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