Chris Weidman Feels Trilogy Fight With Anderson Silva Would be Easy Money
UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman feels the if he and former champion Anderson Silva would step into the Octagon for a third time, it would be an easy payday for him, with all due respect to the former pound-for-pound king.
When asked by FOX Sports about the hypothetical trilogy fight, here’s what Weidman had to say about it:
“Anderson Silva a third time? If that’s what people want to see then it will happen. Easy payday? Yeah pretty much. With all due respect.
With all due respect to the division, no one is beating me at 185. Sorry. I think everybody is talented. I think everyone has a threat, but none of them are beating me.”
Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva first squared off in the Octagon at UFC 162 back on July 6th, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Silva, the champion at the time, resorted to showboating with his elusiveness throughout much of the fight, something that cost him his title when Weidman connected with a left hook and knocked him out at the 1:18 minute mark of the second round.
Since Anderson Silva was the long-time reigning UFC middleweight champion, The UFC granted him an immediate rematch with Weidman.
The second fight took place on December 28th, 2013, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Silva seemed to ditch his showboating tactics from the first fight, as he looked poised and determined to take out Weidman from the opening bell.
Weidman dropped Silva in the first round with punches in the clinch, however, Silva survived the onslaught and made it to the next round.
In the second round of the fight, Silva attacked Weidman’s legs with kicks, something he had success with in their first meeting. At the 1:16 mark of the second round, Silva threw a hard left leg kick that horrifically broke his fibula and tibia, which resulted in Weidman being awarded the TKO victory.
Both men are now on different paths, as Weidman is expected to defend his title against Vitor Belfort at UFC 184 on February 28th, 2015 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Anderson Silva is expected to make his return from the leg injury in a highly-anticipated fight with Stockton bad boy, Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on January 31st in Las Vegas, Nevada.