Silva, 38, says he'll utilize the same wacky antics that helped him become the UFC's middleweight champ in the first place.
Those antics include dropping the hands and taunting opponents, with the purpose essentially being to play into the emotional aspect of the game.
“There was one more thing: I learned that I have to be myself,” Silva told USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie through a translator. “I always have to be me.”
Weidman (10-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) and Silva (33-5, 16-1) fight in the main event of UFC 168, which takes place on Dec. 28 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“From the moment that a fight ends, that fight is in the past, win or lose,” Silva said of his first tilt with Weidman. “Even when I was winning my fights, once it’s over, it’s over. It’s in the past, and you’ve got to look forward. It’s no different with this fight. When it was over, it was over, and now I’m looking forward to the next one.”
Silva knows this fight could cement his legacy as the greatest MMA fighter of all-time. However, he also noted that it's "just a fight" like any other.
“It’s definitely a big fight,” Silva said of his UFC 168 tilt with Weidman. “It’s an important fight. It’s something people have been waiting to watch. They want confirmation that Chris is the real deal. But a fight is a fight.
“All that changes is the date and the opponent. The octagon is still the same, and the atmosphere is always the same.”
The UFC 168 co-main features Ronda Rousey against Miesha Tate.