Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman are set to square off at UFC 162 for the world Middleweight title, and today we got a good chance to hear from both fighters during the media conference call. June 25th will be a huge event for the UFC, and one that could be a landmark in the companies future. There is a possibility that Anderson Silva could be dethroned, and Chris Weidman would then become the lead fighter for the organization.
Then again, it could just be business as usual for The Spider, who seems to destroy challengers with ease. Check out some of the best quotes from the UFC 162 media conference call:
Chris Weidman: We brought in a few guys for the first time in my career. The main guy for emulating his stand-up the best he could was Wonderboy Stephen Thompson. Then I had a bunch of really good kickboxers that were living in New York City that we used. We used a couple time national champion boxer and we had a lot of good jiu-jitsu guys from the Renzo Gracie academy. I think we did the best we could in this camp preparing for Anderson.
Anderson Silva: I don't train for my opponent. I train to do what I do best and that is fighting. I train to overcome myself and getting better at what I do.
Chris Weidman: The obvious answer is the takedowns, trying to expose him with the wrestling. We're totally different fighters. I believed I could beat him before that fight. If he's relaxed and you're all hesitant, he can get off with what he wants. I thought Chael was too uptight and tense after getting his takedowns and that helped Anderson. He was able to get his triangle choke after the takedown in the fifth round and props to him for that.
Chris Weidman: I think he definitely has a strong mental game. A lot of the guys he beats them before he walks to the Octagon. It's not his mental game, it's the performance he puts on. His performances speak for themselves and draw into the minds of guys before he walks into the cage with them if you don't have the most confidence with yourself. I'm not going to let that happen to me at all.
Anderson Silva: Win or lose, a loss and a win are always walking side by side. There's always new challenges and new things. My biggest concern is going out there and doing better for myself. I'm not concerned about what my opponents do. I want to do better and show what I have.
Anderson Silva: The training went great in Brazil. I brought in Andre Galvao to help with jiu-jitsu. I had Pedro Rizzo for Muay Thai and I had fighters from Thailand come to help. I had wrestlers from Cuba come to help. I feel very happy to find new positions I may have forgotten in the past and it gives me confidence to go for new things. I feel great for the fight.
Chris Weidman: I think if I let all that stuff get set in my mind, it definitely gets to me. I'm really focused on this fight. I don't need a mental coach or a psychologist. I talk to Ray Longo every day if that counts. I have a degree in psychology if that helps. I know what type of mindset I need to enter the cage. I think of the fight every day and stay confident, stay relaxed and make sure it's my fight when I step in there. I'm pretty good with having a good mindset.
Anderson Silva: St. Pierre had his chance to pronounce himself fighting me and he chose not to do it. That's what he chose to say.
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