Increasingly confident of winning the fight against Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight belt to be held July 6 in Las Vegas, Chris Weidman doesn’t seem to see the MMA superhero in “Spider” as everyone else does.
In a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports, he had to say this:
“You have to treat him as a regular opponent. I respect what he did in the sport, of course. But you can’t get stuck to it … Guess what, he is a normal person like me, he has two arms, two legs, two eyes, just like me. I’m not fighting a superhero, I’m fighting a person and my job is to win. Simple as that … I feel like I have the right skills, the desire, and the determination to make it happen. The UFC has the eyes on me for having given me this title fight. For those who think I don’t deserve it, stay tuned on July 6 and I’ll prove otherwise.”
Weidman had already stated a few days ago that he wouldn’t enter the psychological game that the champion uses with all his opponents. To avoid this, Weidman ensured that he will use his shelved psychology degree in his favor.
“I have a very strong mindset; I understand how the mind works because of my psychology degree. I understand the patterns of when things are going well, when they are going wrong and what to do in this case. There’s a myth about him because of his fighting style and prestige he got from everyone, but I’m a guy who went after guys who were favorites and couldn’t lose against me, with my wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu. I’m used to being in that situation, so it’s just another work day for me,” said Weidman in an interview over the phone with SPORTV.com.
Check out the full UFC 162 card below.
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
July 6, 2013
Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman
Frankie Edgar vs Charles Do Bronx
Roger Gracie vs Tim Kennedy
Ricardo Lamas vs Chan Sung Jung
Cub Swanson vs Dennis Siver
Mark Muñoz vs Tim Boetsch
Chris Leben vs Andrew Craig
Norman Parke vs Kazuki Tokudome
Edson Barboza vs John Makdessi
Dave Herman vs Shane Del Rosario
Seth Baczynski vs Brian Melancon
David Mitchel vs Mike Pearce