On Tuesday, the UFC hosted a media conference call for UFC 168. The call included headliners Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva who will rematch for the Middleweight title. In their last fight at UFC 162, Weidman took the championship with a shocking second round TKO over the division's former king. He said on the call that he wants to replicate that result the second time around:
Just like any other fight, I want to go in there and get the finish. I want to go out there and shine and show the world what I can do. [I want to] and prove myself right on what I can do. There's no better person to do that against than Anderson Silva. I went in there last time trying to do and I don't think I'll be happy if I can't finish this fight.
Prior to their first meeting, Weidman had been on the bench for over a year due to injury. The injury impacted his training for UFC 162, but he says that's not the case this time. He stated that he never got out of shape following the July fight and has been able to work a lot more on his technique this time.
With his training program back on track, Weidman recognizes that he has much more riding on the rematch than he did the initial fight:
I still feel like I have everything to lose in this fight. Like I said before, I need to win this fight to solidify me as champion. I want go on and achieve a lot of the other long-term goals I have in this sport. To do that I need to win this next fight.
He'll have the chance to seize that opportunity on December 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. In the co-main event, Miesha Tate will challenge Ronda Rousey for the women's Bantamweight strap.