Anderson Silva, the former UFC Middleweight champion, said his recent loss to current champ Chris Weidman last month during UFC 168 was a fluke.
“I believe that, if you pay attention to these technical details, you will see that (checking the kick) was instinct, not something that he trained to do. No, I don’t think (Weidman should consider it a win). It was an accident. And I’m pretty sure I would have won the fight,” he said this week, reported MMA Fighting.
Silva broke his leg in a gruesome manner when he attempted to kick Weidman’s leg. Weidman apparently checked the kick, causing Silva’s bone to break. Doctors said his tibia and fibula.
Silva said he’s rewatched the fight, saying he made technical mistakes before throwing the kick.
“I can see some technical mistakes I did in the fight,” he added. “To land the perfect kick, I needed to distract him by punching him in the face so he wouldn’t pay attention to the kick. He was protecting the upper part of his body, and the raised leg instinctively. The kick was so strong he lost balance.”
The 38-year-old said that he’s wants to fight in the UFC again, adding he’s not worried if it’s again against Weidman.
“I saw my mistake, and now I’m only worried about my comeback,” Silva said. “If the UFC thinks I deserve another opportunity (against Weidman) or if I need to earn it. I just want to do what I do, it doesn’t matter if it’s for the title or not. I want to do what I do well.”
Regarding his rehabilitation, Silva said he’s getting there.
“I’m improving. I’m not going 100-percent, but I’m already taking little steps with a crutch,” he said, according to Sherdog.. “It’s a pain that I do not wish on anyone. Since I came from Las Vegas, I left the hospital, I can’t sleep all night. It’s very difficult.”
He also gave insight on what he was thinking when he broke his leg.
“When I saw that my leg was broken, I was terrified. I couldn’t tell if the fracture was exposed or not. Then, I spoke to the judge who was there with me so they could put my leg in place as quickly as possible, and the pain was absurd,” he said. “I only thought one thing: Is it over? Will I ever walk again? Am I alright? But, I am confident that I will succeed. I will return.”
Weidman is currently slated to fight No. 1 contender Vitor Belfort for the Middleweight belt.