UFC 162 Conference Call Highlights

UFC 162 Conference Call Highlights

UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva is by most accounts the greatest Mixed Martial Artist to ever grace the sport. However, that doesn’t mean he’s invincible.

Fans will have a chance to find out how human “The Spider” is on July 6 when he faces top contender Chris Weidman in headlining action at UFC 162. Weidman’s wrestling is seen as a major threat to Silva’s reign as divisional king, though only a fool would doubt the Brazilian’s ability to outclass his unbeaten adversary.

The two recently faced off on a conference call with media. As usual, Five Ounces of Pain was on the line and relaying results back to our readers as things unfolded in real time.

Read below for a rundown of the call:

Anderson Silva:

- Believes a fight is a fight regardless of who the favorite is
- “Win or lose I’ve already done everything there is to do. No I do what I love to do.”
- Believes B.J. Penn is the greatest fighter in MMA history then Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, and Royce Gracie
- Will never forget his UFC debut against Chris Leben and is very thankful for having had the opportunity
- Still wants to box Roy Jones Jr.
- Credits Silva for his “mental game”
- Supports the protesters’ cause in Brazil as long as it remains peaceful
- Will not actually speak out himself
- Isn’t sure he’ll actually complete his ten-fight deal but it’s possible
- Denies speaking to Dana White after UFC 159 about a fight with Jon Jones
- “A loss and a win always walk side by side.”
- Doesn’t care how others weigh his chances against Weidman
- Worked with Andre Galvao to help with his BJJ
- Weidman’s age doesn’t matter as far as making for a tougher challenge
- Was tough seeing “Minotauro” Nogueira lose and get injured but is not willing to tell him its time to retire

Chris Weidman:

- Hasn’t been bothered by the extra media attention
- Was originally frustrated by Silva not wanting to fight him but things “happened for a reason”
- Worked with Stephen Thompson to get used to Silva’s “unorthodox striking”
- Says takedowns are the “obvious answer” to his success but he feels he has other ways to win
- “I’ve definitely been a big fan of Anderson’s since I got to this sport…I love watching the guy fight.” / “It’s always a pleasure to watch and I definitely admire him.”
- “I know what kind of mindset I need to have when I walk in that cage…the biggest thing is to stay confident, just relax…”

2 COMMENTS
  • hindsightufuk says:

    - Worked with Stephen Thompson to get used to Silva’s “unorthodox striking”

    i actually shit a wee bit when i read that

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Sounds like he thought he was fighting Machida.

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