Back on July 6, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman was able to shock the world by knocking out pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva to capture the belt. Despite his spectacular finish, Weidman enters next week’s main event at UFC 168 as the underdog, but he is not surprised one bit.
In fact, Weidman expected to be the underdog coming in to the fight and he is embracing the opportunity to prove his doubters wrong once again.
“I feel like to solidify my championship, I need to defend my belt, especially going in against the same guy and everybody saying it was a fluke,” Weidman said, via MMAJunkie.com.
“I wasn’t the favorite last time, and I didn’t expect to be the favorite this time.
“I’m excited to go out there and prove them wrong. It’s not any extra pressure I don’t put on myself.”
The Weidman vs. Silva rematch is one of the biggest in UFC history and it could solidify Weidman as the future of the middleweight division. If he loses in the rematch, he won’t lose anything because many are not expecting him to come out on top, but a win means the he is now undoubtedly the best in the world.