Despite losing the middleweight strap to UFC 162, (33–5) is still the favorite pick in the rematch scheduled for UFC 168 to be held on December 28, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fans of the first bout are still saying Weidman’s win that Saturday night in the Octagon was a fluck, and some idiots even thought it was a fixed. In my opinion, Weidman won’t get a clear break until he defeats Silva again with another impressive knockout. If it goes to the judges, it definitely won’t give the current Middleweight Champion some slack. In fact, if this main bout goes to a decision, I have a feeling we are going to be sucked into a trilogy. I have no doubt about that.(10-0) at
In order for Silva to win, he has to go into the rematch with a serious mindset, and must change up his taunting gameplan with Weidman. Or not! We won’t know exactly how Silva will run through Weidman at UFC 168 until the finish and post-fight presser. However, Silva already confirmed with Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of the MMA Hour that he will regain the strap with a knockout.
I (will) give back the knockout. I’m working hard now. Chris is the new champion and is a great fighter, but I’m training hard. The new Anderson is coming.
In addition, Silva also said that he will train more jiu-jitsu because he believes Weidman will take it to the ground and doesn’t expect him to exchange leather.
I (will) train more jiu-jitsu because Weidman come to fight me and (won’t) stand up together in this fight. Go for the ground, go for the ground. I train more jiu-jitsu, and ninjitsu.
Lastly, Silva admitted that his life has changed since UFC 162 and that fans have treated him differently. But none of that bothers him anymore. Overall, it just sounds like he wants the strap back for his legacy in the UFC as the best MMA fighter in the world.