I imagine Anderson Silva telling the world that we need to respect Chris Weidman because he ‘he’s won some fights’ is the equivalent of a samurai gently wiping off his blade after he decapitated the heads of over a thousand shogun war lords.
If Anderson Silva beats Chris Weidman at UFC 162, he will have effectively ‘lapped’ his entire division — meaning that any fighter (aside from Lombard and Bisping) he could fight in the middleweight division has already happened. There would literally be no new fights to make for The Spider, that is unless Alexander Shlemenko steps away from Bellator and into the Octagon. There’s also Melvin Manhoef, a guy I would easily drop $100 to watch him take on Anderson Silva in a predominately striking match.
In an interview with MMAJunkie, Silva talks about his upcoming fight against Chris Weidman and then insists that we must respect him because he’s ‘won some fights.’
We have to respect Weidman. He’s won some fights, and he’s proven himself to be where he is. He’s 10 years younger, and he’s going to come in with a lot of cardio – a lot of power – and try to grapple, I’m sure. We’ve got to respect him. He’s won some fights.
You really can’t argue with talent, and each person has their own talents. But I’ve been doing this since I was 8 years old, and the new generation has to see what I’ve done and see where I’ve been. I’m not somebody that started training in my teens or my 20s. I’ve been doing this a long time, so being in there is something natural, and it’s something I feel comfortable doing. It’s what I’ve always done.
I’ve been playing pencil break since I was eight years old, but I had about a two-decade-long hiatus — which unfortunately doesn’t make me the greatest in the world. Wait, am I the only one that played pencil break in school? Damn.