A common opinion floating around pertaining to the December 28 tilt between UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman and former divisional king Anderson Silva relates to “The Spider” coming in more motivated than in their initial encounter based on having been knocked out and thereby performing at a higher level. Though the theory is sound, Weidman doesn’t appear to be too concerned. In fact, he thinks such a mindset will actually make for a more-vulnerable Silva.

Weidman spoke to MMAJunkie about the UFC 168 headliner, explaining”¦

“People say that he's going to get pissed off, and it's going to be this whole new Anderson Silva ”“ it's going to be easier. I'm very happy with the situation, and it's exactly where I thought I was going to be, and it's time to prove myself again on the 28th, so I'm excited."

"That's why it makes for a perfect rematch, because so many people just can't believe [Silva] really lost, and he was trying. They figure that's how he fights in every one of his fights, and it works in every one. I was just able to capitalize on it. People just can't believe ”“ that he could lose two fights in a row."

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