Anderson SilvaFormer UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s longest title reign in UFC history came crashing down as a result of a well-placed left hand by Chris Weidman on July 6 at UFC 162.

The way the fight played out didn’t sit well with some people.  Silva is known for his showmanship.  He taunts and toys with his opponents, but on that night his antics backfired.

One of the biggest questions heading into the rematch scheduled for UFC 168 on Dec. 28 is will Silva change his style after suffering the first knockout loss in his 16-year career?

“This is my style.  I’ve been working hard for a long time in the UFC.  I’ve had great fights in here with the same position and the same style.  I don’t change nothing,” said Silva during a recent media press conference promoting the rematch.

“I committed an error and my error was that I stopped with my feet parallel to each other, which is being fixed right now.  And he took advantage of that position,” added the former titleholder.

One thing that has changed for Silva is his perspective.  “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone,” sang the glam rock band Cinderella, and those words ring true for the Brazilian superstar.

“I love what I do and I’ve always loved what I do.  When I started training, I never imagined that I’d get to the point that I’m at today.  I always imagined that I would hopefully be as good as my instructors and be able to teach class.  I never thought that I was going to have the success that I had being the UFC champion,” explained Silva.

“I think God really helps me and teaches you all the time.  I realize that I didn’t appreciate, or I didn’t value what I had.  And I can tell you that now, God works in mysterious ways, and now I realize what I had and I’m going to focus to go back and get what I had,” he added.

The former top pound-for-pound fighter in the world says a “new” Anderson is going to show up at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Dec. 28.

“My training has been going well.  I’m very excited to go out there and bring my belt back,” said Silva.  “I have nine more fights.  My focus is my rematch with Chris.  The new Anderson is coming.  Trust me.”

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Luke Rockhold: Michael Bisping Is a "Funner" Fight Than "Sloppy" Chris Weidman

  • 28 days ago
  • 35 views

Luke Rockhold is is looking to establish himself as one of MMA's top heels...and he's doing a pretty darn good job of it so far. Since taking the UFC middleweight title at UFC 194, the crafty southpa read news >>

Chris Weidman to Undergo Neck Surgery in the Next Week or Two

  • 27 days ago
  • 13 views

Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is preparing to undergo neck surgery in the coming weeks, but characterized the procedure as "low risk." read news >>

Can Luke Rockhold Be Anderson Silva's True Successor as Middleweight Kingpin?

  • 26 days ago
  • 5 views

Since losing his UFC debut to Vitor Belfort in May 2013, Luke Rockhold has been on a devastating run. He has finished all five of his opponents, three by submission and two with strikes, and only one read news >>

UFC 199's Championship Rematches Are Hard to Get Up For, Despite Tough Talk

  • 25 days ago
  • 13 views

The entire cast of characters involved in UFC 199's dueling championship main events have been playing their parts admirably this week. Anybody who watched Thursday's prefight press conference wobble read news >>

Following Surgery, Chris Weidman Calls Michael Bisping’s Bluff, Wants First Shot at the Belt

  • 18 days ago
  • 485 views

Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman underwent successful neck surgery earlier this week, and now he's already calling out Michael Bisping. read news >>

Remember the Great Muhammad Ali by Watching His Classic ’70s Cartoon

  • 16 days ago
  • 24 views

The Muhammad Ali cartoon from the 1970s is as great as you'd expect it to be. read news >>

Expect to See a New Carrington Banks at Bellator 156

  • 15 days ago
  • 11 views

After being fairly busy over the course of his amateur and early MMA career, former standout wrestler Carrington Banks has had difficulties maintaining consistency. read news >>

Watch the UFC Fight Night Ottawa Q&A Featuring Chris Weidman Live at 3:30 PM ET

  • 11 days ago
  • 17 views

Watch the Fight Night Ottawa Q&A featuring Chris Weidman, Aljamain Sterling and Stevie Ray streaming live from TD Place Arena on Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET. read news >>

UFC Fight Night Ottawa Q&A with Chris Weidman Video Replay

  • 9 days ago
  • 33 views

Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman, bantamweight contender Aljamain Sterling, and lightweight Stevie Ray fielded questions from the fans prior to the Fight Night Ottawa weigh-in. read news >>

Saenchai, the 'Anderson Silva of Thai boxing,' on FIGHT PASS Saturday

  • 4 days ago
  • 3 views

The greatest Muay Thai fighter in the world – and quite possibly of all time - comes to UFC FIGHT PASS this Saturday as striking sensation Saenchai (315-43-2, 55 KO's) makes his GLORY Kickboxing debu read news >>