“The rematch with Anderson Silva, in my mind, is just a fight against myself. It’s just like every one of my fights. This fight in particular, there’s a lot of naysayers out there and a lot of doubters, just like a lot of my other fights. But this one, I really just want to go out there and shine. I want to separate myself in skill from every other fighter in the middleweight division. I want to put on a show in this fight where anybody who is watching knows he deserves to be champion and he’s better than anybody else in the division. So that’s really my goal – just to separate myself from everybody else and let everybody know that I’m gonna be here for a long time and I’m not giving up that belt easily.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)
UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman did the unthinkable earlier this year by not only beating Anderson Silva but finishing the former title-holder before the bout’s midway point had even arrived. The victory cemented his status as one of the brightest young stars to come along in some time and showed a level of skill above that possessed by his peers. As such, it’s hard to believe Weidman was a victim of vicious bullying with an older brother often serving as ringleader. The 29-year old recently sat down with Bobby Razak to speak about his journey to the top, reflecting on how the adversity helped mold him into a man while also touching on how his life had changed since winning the belt and what he’s using for motivating entering his December 28 tilt with Silva at UFC 168.
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