Last weekend, Chris Weidman scored a brutal victory over Anderson Silva in UFC 168, resulting in a broken leg to his counterpart. It marked a decisive win for Weidman, but one that had to have been bittersweet for the middleweight champion, considering the damage done to Silva's leg.
On Friday, Weidman spoke to the Los Angeles Times about the possibility of getting in the Octagon with Silva again if the latter was able to rehab and return. And this is when Weidman explained his reluctance to fight Silva for a third career time.
"It’s a tough injury to come back from. I honestly would feel bad to fight him again. I know he’s going to be a little hesitant to kick me. He has to worry about getting knocked out. I’ve dropped him twice, knocked him out once. And I don’t know if it’d even be a fair fight to take. There has to be a lot going through his head. Got a leg broken, got knocked out, got dropped. I don’t know where he is mentally, but fighting is 90% mental."
Weidman's sentiment that "he would feel bad" about fighting Silva again might just be the motivation Silva needs to return. But at 38-years-old, and because most experts believe the Brazilian is past his prime, it's going to be tough for Silva to come back and return to his glorious form.
Regardless of what happens at this point, Silva will still be remembered as one of the best fighters the sport has ever seen.
Via Bleacher Report