“I was trying to impose my fighting rhythm and impose my technique, which I was hoping was going to be better than his, but at some point I lost control of it. I don’t know if it was the fact that I’ve been doing this for so long or that I had a lot of pressure on me and a lot of responsibility. I don’t know what it was. It was something that took me out of my martial art mindset. When you lose control of something you’re so good at, that you’ve been doing for so long and been in control of for so long, you’ve got to step out and really look at what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong. Like an elite sniper, you can’t lose control when you’re right there in the game.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)
There are plenty of people out there willing to write UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman’s win over divisional great Anderson Silva as a stroke of luck based on the Brazilian’s decision to drop his hands as a means of enticing the current title-holder to engage while standing. However, Silva isn’t one of them. The 38-year old legend recently spoke to UFC.com in lieu of locking horns with Weidman again tomorrow night at UFC 168 where he showed nothing but respect for the current 185-pound king while also going into the sense of relief he’s felt without the title in tow and how he’ll be approaching action in the rematch.