Bloody Elbow's Phoenix Carnevale was able to attend a seminar at the Renzo Gracie Academy in NYC for the Paradise Warrior Retreat featuring UFC Middleweight champ Chris Weidman who took some time to answer questions and talk about his fights. From her YouTube channel:
Here's a few of the things Weidman said:
On Fighting Anderson Silva
So, the first fight. Yeah, I was fighting Anderson Silva, the greatest of all time. It was just fun. People were like, "So, you're fighting Anderson Silva?" I'd be like, "Yeah, I'm dead, I'm dead. Just, I'm going to lose, I know." I just ended up telling people, "I'm losing to him, I'm dead." It's surprising for people to hear that, but whatever.
Basically, there's no secrets, there's no magic bullet. I worked very very hard. As hard as you possibly can, every day. And it gives me the mentality that, no one deserves to beat me. And Everybody sees this great Anderson Silva and I was a fan of his too. I'm still a fan of Anderson and he's awesome, but I just thought, I was better. I was like, "I'm going to prove it."
On Checking the Kick
I just knew that I checked it really good. I knew that, I've checked guys legs and... With this whole camp after the first fight, I got leg kicked a lot. My leg was bothering me for like, two, three weeks. So, man, I did not want to get leg kicked again. Anderson Silva was going to come at me with leg kicks, so every single day... I was never big into shadow boxing, even showing checks and stuff like that. It's just everything in my mindset changed. "I'm not letting this guy kick me anymore."
I just think that it was one of those things that shouldn't be in the sport. It's a sport where guys punch each other in the head, kick each other in the head and testosterone is one of those things that is going to really help that. And our sport, more than others, when you get older and you have more experience it's so important. That's why the peak of fighters is so much higher. Like, guys are champs at 35, 36, 37, 38, because you need athleticism and you also need a lot of experience. So, peak's higher than other sports.
So, if you're able to have a young man's body and have the experience of an old man, it's unfair, it's not fair. If you end up, if you're getting older, you need to have that drop off in a physical way and then your experience makes up for it. But, if you have both at the same time not naturally, it's not fair.