Weidman relishes underdog status vs Silva
MANILA, Philippines – UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman wants to prove that his knockout win over future hall-of-famer Anderson Silva was no fluke.
Weidman said on "MMA Weekly" that he knows has to beat Silva twice to earn critics' respect.
“I want to prove people wrong. I like being the underdog. I like having that feeling where people think you’re going to lose, and I’ll prove them wrong,” said the reigning middleweight champion.
Weidman shocked the MMA world when he caught a showboating Silva with a left hook to the jaw in UFC 162. The hit effectively ended Silva’s record 17-win streak in MMA.
Weidman, who remains undefeated in 10 fights, will again try to prove himself against Silva when they square off in UFC 168 this December.
“I have a lot of motivation just stemming from myself and family and other things like that, but definitely, it motivates me,” he said of their rematch.