Silva responds to GSP, addresses welterweight champ’s support of Chris Weidman

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The day is coming for Anderson Silva to put his belt on the line versus Chris Weidman. Confident, the champion says nothing his opponent can do will surprise him. Photo: Screenshot

On Tuesday afternoon, Anderson Silva, Chris Weidman and Dana White took part in a press conference via phone to promote UFC 162, scheduled for July 6 in Las Vegas.

The UFC’s middleweight champion could not dodge the journalists’ curiosity to know how he felt about the fact that Georges St-Pierre said in several interviews that he not only roots for Chris Weidman, but in fact believes the American is going to win easily.

As always, Silva kept his cool and addressed GSP’s words.

“Imagine if I were to listen to all that’s said about me,” he said. “Everyone can do and say as they please. [GSP] had his chance to step up and fight me, but chose not to. A talking parrot is better than a legless turtle.”

The “Spider” also said he does not see Weidman as the biggest challenge of his career, and referred to his own experience and long journey inside the Octagon to explain his viewpoint.

“Every bout is a new challenge,” he said. “Whoever is better prepared is going to win. I’ve been fighting since I was 8 years old, so to me there isn’t a lot of new stuff in there. Nothing he can do will surprise me. Defeat and victory walk side by side. My experience makes me not worry about what my opponent is going to do. I worry about being better than I am, not better than Chris Weidman.”

UFC 162

MGM Arena, Las Vegas, USA

July 6, 2013

Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman

Frankie Edgar vs Charles Do Bronx

Tim Keneddy vs Roger Gracie

Mark Muñoz vs Tim Boetsch

Cub Swanson vs Dennis Siver

Undercard

Chris Leben vs Andrew Craig

Norman Parke vs Kazuki Tokudome

Gabriel Napão vs Dave Herman

Edson Barboza vs Rafaello Trator

Seth Baczynski vs Brian Melancon

Mike Pearce vs David Mitchel

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