Chris Weidman UFC Champion-478x270UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman was able to do what no other 185-pound fighter could before him, hand former titleholder Anderson Silva his first UFC loss in seven years of competition when the two fought at UFC 162 on July 6.

The 29-year-old New Yorker secured an early takedown in the title fight.  He attempted two submissions and knocked out the greatest of all time with a left hook in the second frame.  It was an amazing feat, but made more incredible by Weidman not being in top form for the fight.

“I think I went out there and worked hard and went for everything that I felt.  In the first round, I went for the heel hook and knee bar.  I didn’t get it, but I went for it.  I felt a little sluggish in there,” said Weidman during the UFC World Tour: Weidman vs. Silva 2 Press Conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Prior to the UFC 162 showdown with Silva, Weidman was sidelined with a shoulder injury and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

“I had a year off.  I had two back-to-back surgeries.  So I didn’t feel 100-percent, but I still felt good enough to get the win,” he said.

Weidman was well prepared and in excellent condition when he stepped into the cage to face Silva at UFC 162.  Conditioning and training were not the issue.  Weidman was experiencing ring rust.

“I was prepared to go five rounds in the last fight.  I didn’t necessarily feel tired.  I just felt off.  I felt a little sluggish, a little slower,” said Weidman.

With the time off, the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, and the nagging shoulder injury behind him, Weidman looks forward to the Dec. 28 rematch with Silva.

“I’m excited to have a full camp and be able to not have to nurse an injury and I’m excited for this next fight,” said the champion.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3: Team Liddell vs. Team Griffin Cast Revealed

  • 28 days ago
  • 37 views

The UFC revealed the cast for the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3: Team Liddell vs. Team Griffin on Tuesday. read 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 >>

The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Team Liddell vs Team Griffin cast revealed

  • 28 days ago
  • 4 views

Team Liddell and Team Griffin are composed of 16 lightweight Latin American fighters that will challenge each other to find out who will be the Season 3 winner of The Ultimate Fighter® Latin America 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

CM Punk’s UFC Debut Set for September in Cleveland

  • 5 days ago
  • 11 views

On Thursday, UFC revealed that CM Punk will step inside the Octagon for the first time at UFC 203 on September 10, in Cleveland. read news >>

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

  • 5 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 >>