Chris Weidman was the man who finally defeated former middleweight champion Anderson Silva to claim the belt and the two will once again step inside of the octagon. The highly anticipated rematch is set to take place next weekend at UFC 168 in Las Vegas and Silva has more hunger than ever.
Not only is Silva motivated to reclaim his title, but he understands that this fight could ultimately determine his legacy in the sport.
“This is very important for me. For my family, my coach, for my legacy, this is very important,” Silva said during the opening of Anderson Silva’s Muay Thai College in Torrance, California, via MMAFighting.com.
“So the people, maybe in five or 10 years, the people say ‘my gosh, this guy changed the sport. For five years this guy fight for the best fight for the people.’ In Brazil, I have a program for kids and I see the kids, ‘oh my gosh, one day I go to fight because you changed my life.’ This is more important to me, to change kids’ lives, than to beat Chris Weidman.”
The rematch will serve as the headliner on Dec. 28 and many anticipate that this could be the biggest event in UFC history, so with more eyes on the sport than ever Silva is correct that this fight could have an impact on his legacy.
Silva enters as the favorite in the fight despite not holding the belt, so we will have to say if he will be able to avoid another upset.