UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman starched Anderson Silva in the second round of their headlining tilt last Saturday night at UFC 162 with a sequence of stiff strikes, stopping “The Spider” in a manner few predicted. Though Weidman’s showing on his feet was impressive, the 29-year old would have been happy to prove his abilities were superior to Silva’s in a different position if necessary.
“I didn’t really care where the fight went,” confessed Weidman in a conversation with the L.A. Times. “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.”
When it comes to the manner in which action actually unfolded, Weidman stated he never felt any real danger while duking it out with the former pound-for-pound king.
“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,” said Weidman. “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.”
Up next for Weidman will be a bout of surgery rather than one inside the Octagon. According to the unbeaten title-holder, he has some “bone chips or scar tissue” he needs to take care of “that’ll only lay me up two weeks, then I’ll get back to training.”
Weidman is 10-0 in his career with the win over Silva. The finish was his fourth by TKO and the first time Silva had fallen to strikes in more than 35 fights.