“So many people build Anderson up and he’s almost thought of as this mythical creature,” Weidman stated. “That he could beat six guys at once, and he could knock me out any time he wants to. People really have these crazy thoughts about him, they actually think he’s, like, beyond great. But to me he’s only ever just been another human guy, and one that I think I’m better than.”
Weidman already knocked Silva out at UFC 162, but he'll have to do so again in December to truly say the torch has finally been passed to the next generation in the UFC's middleweight division.
"He has to fight me to get himself back on track, and I knew he wasn't going to retire, so, yeah, his only option is to have the rematch," Weidman said of Silva. "Once he took a couple of days and started thinking straight again, it was inevitable we were going to agree to a second fight. And I know he'll come back stronger, better and more determined to beat me, but I'll be ready for that."
Weidman says the toughest part is behind him, which was beating Silva the first time. Finishing the former champ a second time won't be a piece of cake, but Weidman believes it will be easier than the first time around.
“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,” Weidman said, via MMA Junkie. “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 (Dec.) 28, 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.”