Middleweight king is relaxed ahead of most-hyped main event of the year.
The UFC event of the year is almost here.
UFC 162, held on the July 4th long weekend in Las Vegas is traditionally one of the biggest cards the promotion puts together every year, and this year is no exception.
While the main card is stacked with talent and fights that have a heavy influence on their respective divisions, much of the attention has been focused on the main event between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman.
The All-American wrestler and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt has been backed by more fellow pros than any other challenger to topple Silva and claim his title.
But with more title defences (11) than Weidman has had fights in his pro career (9-0), the champion goes in as slight favorite with the bookies.
Speaking ahead of an open workout for fans and the press, Silva said he did not mind the extra pressure placed on him to once against retain his title against the worthy and hungry contender.
“I like training, I like fighting,’ Silva said.
“I don’t fight because I have a belt, I don’t fight because ‘I’m the best pound for pound in the world’, I love it.
“Martial arts changed my life.”
Weidman said “to be the man you have to beat the man” and he will need live up to his words which have been firm but confident leading up to the fight.
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