UFC 162: Chris Weidman 'freaking out' over Anderson Silva injury rumors


When rumors came out of Brazil last week that UFC MW champ Anderson Silva was hurt and would be unable to fight at UFC 162 no one was more upset than his opponent Chris Weidman.

UFC Middleweight champ Anderson Silva faces Chris Weidman in the headliner of July 6's UFC 162 in Las Vegas. That is if he's healthy. Rumors out of Brazil last week said that the champ was hurt and although UFC president Dana White and Silva's camp both quickly denied them, at least one person was very upset: Chris Weidman.

Weidman spoke to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour:

"I was like, 'Don't tell me this, don't tell me this. I'm freaking out. I'm like, 'I need to go home and take a nap. I need to go exit the world for a little bit. Honestly, I needed to go home and take a nap because I was going to start freaking out. It was just too much. Overload. I was freaking out. And then we ended up finding out it wasn't true, knock on wood.

"There's something that scares me with that, yeah," he said. "The thing is, it's been a long road. After I fought Munoz, I called him out. We were supposed to fight and it ended up not happening a couple times. So I still have that mind set. But I'm training for the fight. I believe it's going to happen. But there's something inside me that's a little bit like, 'I just really want this fight to happen.' I just want to be in that cage with him. I just want to get to July 6. I want to get to the weigh-ins. I want to look at him. I want to see him physically there and I'll be a happy man."

Weidman can't be blamed for a little bit of paranoia given all the difficulty that he had getting Silva to agree to fight him.

See also: Weidman: Silva ducked me and fought Bonnar instead | Chris Weidman still worried Anderson Silva won't actually fight him

Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for all your UFC 162 news as we head into the summer's biggest event.

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