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Chris Weidman expects Anderson Silva to try to clown him at UFC 168

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According to a Dec. 26 post from USA Today, UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman (10-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) expects Anderson Silva (33-5 MMA, 16-1 UFC) to try to clown him at UFC 168.

"I expect him to do all that stuff again," Weidman said of Silva. "But to be honest, I don't really care. I don't spend much time thinking about what he's going to be doing.

"My approach is the same as last time. Work hard in training camp, and work hard when I get in the cage. Be aggressive, follow my instincts, go forward and go for the finish."

Weidman's coach, Ray Longo, also expects Silva to utilize his signature showmanship moves.

"No matter what fight you watch of his, he does that," Longo says of Silva. "I kind of think it's woven into the fabric of who Anderson Silva is. I think it's going to be hard for him to change. You've got to remember that clowning around is a tactic. It does mesmerize guys."

Silva and Weidman meet on Dec. 28 in the main event of UFC 168 in Las Vegas, Nev. Silva says win or lose, he plans to keep fighting in the UFC.

He has no intention of hanging up the gloves, even if he's defeated.

"I still have eight fights left on my contract and as long as I'm still enjoying it and I still want to go out there and have that desire to fight, I'm going to keep on fighting," Silva said. "If I'm going to retire, there's no way to say that right now. That's something that's going to come from the heart."

Silva was asked about retirement during the UFC 168 pre-fight presser.

"I'm going to answer this like Ronaldo did once -- of course I'm going to go back and play and I'm very happy and of course I'm coming back," Silva said.


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