A new Anderson Silva will be entering the Octagon against Chris Weidman in December.
“I’m very excited for the rematch,” Silva told SiriusXM Sports. “The new Anderson is coming in December.”
The 38-year-old Brazilian, who was undefeated for seven years leading up to UFC 162, said losing is normal for him and that fans should respect the new champion.
“It’s not the first time I lost a fight. It’s normal for me. I stayed with the belt for five years but I have a new chance to pick it up (and take it) to Brazil,” Silva said. “Weidman is the new champion and people need to respect him. Inside the Octagon you have fast moments. Chris Weidman picked it up this time and won, it’s normal. Sometimes you win, sometimes you [don’t]. It’s very important to focus.”
And contrary to what others have said about him disrespecting his opponents with his showboating antics, Silva insists that it’s actually the opposite.
“I respect my opponent,” he said. “I fight for a long time. I don’t disrespect my opponents. This is my strategy, my fighting style. People say ‘Anderson didn’t respect Weidman,’ but it’s not real.”
The Spider said it was UFC president Dana White who changed his mind about the rematch.
“I signed a new contract for ten more fights. I lost my fight, and for the first time in my career I got knocked out. I wasn’t happy when the fight was finished,” he said.
“I went back to the hotel, and Dana talked to me three days [later]. ‘It’s really important for your legacy,’ he said. ‘We need you back for the rematch,'” he added. “My coach said, ‘yes, it’s very important. One more fight, one more chance for the fans watch you fight for the belt.'”
Anderson Silva will attempt to regain his title from Chris Weidman at UFC 168 on December 28.