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Chris Weidman: Anderson Silva and I will have a rematch
Chris Weidman says he and Anderson Silva will go at it again in the near future -- and it could happen as close to home as possible.
Weidman said Wednesday on WFAN's Boomer and Carton Show that there would "100 percent" be a rematch between he and Silva. The Baldwin native knocked Silva out in stunning fashion Saturday night at UFC 162 to take the middleweight title and snap Silva's unbeaten streak of nearly seven years.
Weidman said the rematch would take place either December in Las Vegas or February at the Prudential Center in Newark.
Silva had said immediately after the fight that he wasn't planning on a rematch, but Weidman said that Silva was "all over the place" after the fight.
"You just get knocked out and they're asking you questions," Weidman said. "He's all over the place, he doesn't know what he's really saying. Plus, he just lost for the first time in seven years. It's a surreal moment for him...It's happening."
New York is the only state where mixed martial arts has not been legalized, meaning the closest place a fight could take place would be in New Jersey. Weidman said he'd rather have the fight in New Jersey instead of Las Vegas, and looked forward to the day where he can fight in front of his hometown fans on Long Island.
"Even Nassau Coliseum -- the new Nassau Coliseum," Weidman said. "You know what, I'd even take in the old one at this point. I'm not joking."
Weidman (10-0), who was an All-American wrestler at Nassau CC and Hofstra, said he was ready for Silva's taunting during the match and fought accordingly.
"We were prepared for him to start clowning me and taunt me and make me feel like I don;t belong in the cage with him," Weidman said of Silva (33-5). "He does a great job of taking your insecurities and exposing them and making them worse and worse and worse. I just refused to let that happen, and I stayed confident and slowly approached and approached and approached until it was time to put him down."
Weidman connected with a left hook to the jaw to end the fight. On tape, the camera didn't look like haymaker, but it was just enough to drop Silva to the mat.
"It wasn't one of the most powerful punches, it just landed in the right spot," Weidman said. "He had his chin back. If you don't have your chin tucked and you get hit in the jaw, you're in trouble."
Weidman also admitted that there was a little bit of emotion leading up to the winning hook.
"[Silva] kind of pissed me off," Weidman said. "And I'm like, 'I want to hit this guy. He keeps playing games.' I knew I was a different specimen than a lot of the other guys he's fought, and I think he knew that. So I was surprised he was doing it that much."