MANILA, Philippines – Middleweight fighter Chris Weidman vowed not to make the same mistakes Chael Sonnen committed when the latter challenged longtime UFC champion Anderson Silva.
Sonnen nearly pulled off an upset against Silva during their first meeting in UFC 117 by taking down and pummeling the Brazilian champion numerous times.
But Silva weathered the attack and forced Sonnen to submit via a triangle arm bar.
“That's where Chael went wrong. When he got top position, he became too rushed, too tensed,” said Weidman in Countdown to UFC 162.
Weidman will be facing Silva in a UFC middleweight title fight in UFC 162. The bout will be the main event of the fight card set in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Weidman is confident that he will be efficient with his striking especially when he takes Silva to the ground.
“When I get to the ground, everything's gonna be steady, precise. I'm not gonna waste my punches when I don't have to,” said the former NCAA Division 1 wrestler.
Weidman, who also holds a brown belt in Jiu-Jitsu, maintained that he is a stylistic nightmare for stand up fighters like Silva.
Silva, however, remains unfazed.
The Brazilian claimed that he wasn’t feeling well when he fought Sonnen in 2010. “Had I been 100% the first time, it would have been a very short fight,” he said.
Silva also insisted that Weidman still needs to improve his stand up to become a well-rounded fighter.
“Weidman has good Jiu-jitsu and good wrestling too,” said Silva, who is riding a 16-win streak since joining the UFC in 2006.
"He needs to improve his striking to be a more complete fighter.”