Weidman Says He Could Make Silva Submit
Posted on 12 Jul 2012
by MMAScoops.com Staff
Chris Weidman spoke last night following his win at UFC on FUEL TV 4 about his win, Anderson Silva and more. Check out the highlights:
On Silva: "Anderson Silva has been through 15 guys. All those 15 guys tried to take him down, hold him down, tried to submit him. It's not going to be easy. Chael Sonnen is that good, but he was able to get him down in every fight and put him in that position. I'm going to follow that blueprint. I've got the length with Anderson Silva, so he's not going to be able to play on the outside much with me. If he comes in, my takedowns are pretty good. I'll take him down. I think, I really do believe, that I could submit him and finish him. I really think I can."
On his win: "I have a great coaching staff, great training partners, and I did believe I could come in here and dominate the fight. A lot of people before this were asking me if I thought I deserved the title, and I was like, 'I don't want to be one of those guys who just calls out Anderson Silva.' I mean, there's like six of them right now doing it, and now I'm that guy, too. But I wanted to make a statement in this fight and make it obvious to everybody that I'm ahead of the pack."
On not going Sonnen's trash-talking route against Silva: "I'm a pretty laid-back guy. My wife wouldn't say I am, but I think I am. I don't know. I can't pull a Chael Sonnen. That guy is a gifted man on the mic. I couldn't even pretend to be that guy. I'd love to be that guy, but I'm just going to be myself, and I'm going to try to make it happen in the cage. This is five straight in the UFC. I beat two top-five guys. I feel like I did put my duties in. I know I'm just 9-0, but I really believe I'm ready, and I'm going to go after Anderson Silva and get that shot."
Dana White on Weidman's performance: "He looked damn good tonight. If you ask anybody out there, I think pretty much everybody had Munoz No. 3 in the world. Weidman absolutely destroyed him tonight."
White on what happens next in the division: "Hector Lombard is a guy who's going to fight in his first UFC fight next Saturday. We'll see how he does. We'll see what happens because I can guarantee you if you talked to 100 people, none of them would have told you that they thought the fight was going to go this way tonight. The 185-pound division just got very interesting. We'll see what happens."