It’s impossible to know exactly what former UFC middleweight Anderson Silva champ was thinking at UFC 162 when he started a steady stream showboating against a competitor like new title-holder Chris Weidman. Whether the behavior stemmed from feeling invincible after winning all sixteen of his scraps in the Octagon, boredom brought on by the ease in which he’d beaten past opponents, or a momentary, yet horrible, lack of judgment, the excessive mockery ultimately cost Silva a sliver of mystique after Weidman clocked him and claimed the belt.
With a rematch already scheduled for December 28 at UFC 168, Silva will have two monumental tasks in front of him – beating the undefeated Weidman and earning back the trust of fans. On both fronts, Silva expects to be successful, delivering a short video to ESPN where he had a simple message.
“I’m back. Trust me, I’m back,” stated Silva after confirming the New Year’s Eve Weekend clash, also adding in a wink after the brief statement.
Silva’s loss to Weidman marked the first time the Brazilian had been stopped with strikes in a 38-fight career.
Check out the complete clip below: