MANILA – MMA fighter Chris Weidman vowed to pull off a major upset against long reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva when they face off in UFC 162.
“He is pound-for-pound the best, but I think I'm better. I think I can beat him… I want to shock the world,” Weidman said in Bloody Elbow.
The 28-year-old Weidman, who defeated Mark Munoz for the middleweight title shot, admitted being a fan of the reigning champion from Brazil.
What makes Silva impressive, said Weidman, is the UFC champion’s confidence inside the octagon.
“Once they get in the cage with them, he does such a great job of making them feel like they do not belong in the cage with him, like, ‘Are you joking me? You are not on my level.' He makes them feel so uncomfortable that they just want to break,” he said.
“He has them broken and then he can hit them with whatever he wants and then he looks like a freaking God. I agree and I do think he is the best of all time.”
But the highly-motivated Weidman said he’ll give Silva a dose of his own medicine.
“There's a lot of motivation for the fight. One of the biggest for me is to prove all of those people that actually think I'm going to get killed and see him as unbeatable,” he said.
“I can't wait to prove them wrong. I want to make it look easy out there.”
UFC is scheduled to take place in July in Las Vegas, Nevada.