Chris Weidman (red gloves) and Anderson Silva (blue gloves) fight during their UFC middleweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters
Brazilian legend Anderson “The Spider” Silva may have suffered a gruesome injury in his devastating loss against UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, but that does not mean the MMA legend is convinced of Weidman’s victory.
Silva famously lost his middleweight title to Weidman when he was knocked out by the American in July 2013, but the Brazilian was still favored to win their rematch last December.
The Brazilian, however, lost again in the rematch when he broke his leg in the second round after Weidman checked his kick.
“I believe that if you pay attention to these technical details, you will see that (checking the kick) was instinct, not something that he trained to do,” Silva said, as quoted by MMA Fighting.
Silva is convinced that Weidman’s victory was merely an accident.
“No, I don’t think (he should consider it a win). It was an accident,” said the Brazilian. “And I’m pretty sure I would have won the fight.”
Silva did admit that he made “technical mistakes” in the fight.
“To land the perfect kick, I needed to distract him by punching him in the face, so he wouldn’t pay attention to the kick,” said Silva. “He was protecting the upper part of his body, and the raised leg instinctively. The kick was so strong, he lost balance.”
Silva had surgery on the broken leg immediately after the event, and is now recovering. He believes he can make a comeback, even if he is not immediately put against Weidman once he returns to the Octagon.
“I saw my mistake, and now I’m only worried about my comeback,” he said. “If the UFC thinks I deserve another opportunity or if I need to earn it… I just want to do what I do, it doesn’t matter if it’s for the title or not.”
“I want to do what I do well,” he said.