As most MMA fans know, Anderson Silva, arguably the best fighter in mixed martial arts, suffered defeat for the first time in his UFC tenure to Chris Weidman, who shocked the world by knocking Silva out in the second round, proving that no fighter is invincible. Despite losing in such dramatic fashion, Silva is still one of the best fighters to ever compete in this great sport.
The mark of a true champion and what defines greatness is coming back from adversity. If Silva can avenge this devastating loss, it will show the kind of toughness and resilience he has. Before the Weidman bout, there was much talk about Silva fighting Jon Jones or Georges St. Pierre. Both would be huge for the sport, and would finally settle who the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet is.
Now, Silva gets to do something he hasn’t done inside the UFC, and that’s avenge a loss to a hungry, young champion in Weidman. In their first bout, Weidman was able to quickly take Silva down, and land some good shots from the top. He would also threaten with a serious leg lock, an attempt that forced Silva to open up his antics on the feet. Silva was taunting Weidman, hands down at this side, which ultimately cost him the fight.
Recently, Silva told that his antics were a part of his strategy, and he will reinvent himself in the rematch. Silva is one of the most accurate strikers in all of the UFC, and he will surely need to take Weidman seriously if he wants to reclaim his belt. Then, if victorious, he has the chance to fight the super-fights, which would be huge for his legacy.
So, which Silva will we see inside the octagon when he squares off with Weidman for a second time?