Chris Weidman has been envisioning his fight with Anderson Silva before even stepping foot inside the Octagon. While still competing in Ring of Combat (ROC), the No. 1 contender kept his eyes set on the UFC middleweight champion.
“When I started MMA four years ago, I had to believe I could beat the champion of the world or there’s no reason for me to do this,” said Weidman during UFC 159. “Coming up in Ring of Combat, I wasn’t only training for those guys – I was training for Anderson Silva.”
Following four wins for ROC, including a first round TKO over Uriah Hall, Weidman took five more in the UFC to land his current spot.
Silva returns following a 2012 where he finished Chael Sonnen and Stephan Bonnar.
They will headline UFC 162 on July 6. It comes from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.