Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was in a different state of mind following his loss to Chris Weidman earlier this year.
Silva, who will face the new champion later this year at UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva 2, explained his reason for initially declining any rematch.
“I was so sad with myself…..I said some words that weren’t nice,” said Silva, in an interview with a Brazilian radio show. “I said that I wouldn’t fight for the title.”
He added that “after I signed the contract, Dana (White) told me that he would give (a rematch). I was so out of myself that I didn’t think about it.”
Weidman (10-0) became the first fighter to knock Silva (33-5) out, and also handed him his first-ever Octagon defeat.