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Anderson Silva: “I respect him as an athlete, but he is not going to change anything.”

Anderson Silva: “I respect him as an athlete, but he is not going to change anything.”

UFC middleweight Chris Weidman is extremely confident entering his bout this weekend with champion Anderson Silva and has been since the first day he strapped on a pair of gloves to give MMA a go. One example of Weidman’s well-documented supreme self-assurance involves an anecdote from UFC President Dana White recalling the unbeaten contender apologizing in advance for ruining rumored rumbles between Silva and divisional kings Georges St-Pierre/Jon Jones.

White’s story about Weidman’s claims was definitely good for a smirk or even snicker when it first surfaced and, as evident in a recent Countdown feature for UFC 162, Silva also found it fairly amusing.

“This fight won’t change anything. A fight against Georges St-Pierre is a Super Fight. It’s not St-Pierre and Weidman. He just got here,” laughed Silva. “Here’s a Super Fight: Jon Jones and Anderson Silva. It’s another level.”

“He’s going to have his chance. I respect him as an athlete, but he is not going to change anything. The Super Fights will still go on. His comments are embarrassing,” he concluded.

Silva is 16-0 in the Octagon in comparison to Weidman’s 9-0 career mark. If victorious, Silva’s performance will improve his record for consecutive title-defenses to eleven.

Check out the full UFC 162 Countdown clip below:

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