Chris Weidman: “De ville att jag skulle möta Silva igen”

Fyra veckor innan UFC 212 i Rio de Janeiro försökte UFC att boka Chris Weidman vs Anderson Silva 3.

När USADA meddelade att Kelvin Gastelum testade positivt för cannabis inför UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway försökte UFC boka en tredje match mellan de före detta mästarna Chris “All American” Weidman och Anderson “The Spider” Silva.
Weidman, som höll på att slicka sina sår och ta hand om småskador efter förlusten mot Gegard “The Dreamcatcher” Mousasiansåg inte att en trilogi mot Silva var en god idé.

Förutom det faktum att Weidman redan besegrat Silva två gånger, skulle matchen ha ägt rum i Silvas hemland.

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“This was about three and a half weeks before the fight was going on in Rio. I was still getting things checked out on my body and going to different doctors. I had to head to Vegas and get it all checked out.” sa Weidman till The MMA Hour med Ariel Helwani.

 “I already fought the guy twice and now I have to take a fight against him on short notice and head to his hometown to fight him? It wasn’t happening.”

“Jag ville möta honom i Nassau Coliseum”

Weidman sade att han behövde några extra veckor på sig att förbereda sig och föreslog att matchen istället skulle äga rum i Weidmans hemstad New York, på arenan Nassau Coliseum.

“I told them that I had no problem with fighting Anderson again if they wanted me to fight him, but I wanted to have them bump it up for a couple of more weeks so we could do it at Nassau Coliseum or some other place. I wasn’t just going to do it on short notice and take that risk.”

Mötena med Silva tog Weidmans karriär till nästa nivå och Silvas mystik avtog markant efter de två förlusterna mot “All American”. Weidman blev nu igenkänd, något han inte blev tidigare.

“That was an awesome moment. He was playing with me a bit too much and I got pissed and I decided that I wasn’t going to stop punching until I knocked (him) out.”

“We had the American flags out, the Brazilian flags out and it was my first time hearing the ‘uh vai morrer’ (you’re going to die) chant. It was my first time with real fandom and people knowing who I actually am.”

“It was a crazy time. It was a lot of focus to get to that. This was a guy that had beaten so many guys before they had even got in the Octagon and I was very determined to not let that guy beat me. It was a great time.”

UFC 162: Weidman vs Silva Foto: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“Det var den största knockoutvinsten i min karriär”

Vidare säger Weidman att han fortfarande anser Silva som den störste någonsin och att ingen trodde på honom innan matchen. På grund av Weidmans beslutsamhet att han skulle vinna på knockout, blev han hotad och folk skrattade åt honom.

Han anser att hans självförtroende var en avgörande faktor, samt att Silvas tramsande gav honom en energikick.

“I don’t know if I’ll ever have a win like that again. A win where I’m fighting the greatest of all time and everyone is counting me out. Me and the people closest to me knew I could do it, and I did it.”

“To say I was going to go out there and finish him and then to go out there and finish him when people were laughing at me (was great). I was getting death threats.”

“The guys who he was fighting before me, they didn’t believe in themselves. He was just playing with these guys and then he would find a way to embarrass them with some kind of spectacular knockout.”

“That energized me. It lit a fire under me to be the guy to break that down.”

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Stefan Romare är en skribent och reporter som har jobbat på MMAnytt sedan mitten av 2017 och har följ MMA sedan tidigt 2000. Kontakt: [email protected]

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