If you thought his loss to Chris Weidman in UFC 162 was going to change Anderson Silva or his fighting style, think again. With Silva vs. Weidman II already set for UFC 168 on Dec. 28, expect to see more taunting from the Spider when the two fighters square off. As Silva sees it, "If Muhammad Ali came up saying I wasn’t humble, then I’d think if I was humble or not," he said in a Sunday interview on Brazil's Globo TV. "There was no lack of respect. I respect everybody. All the provocation, hands down... It should continue, it’s part of the show."
But don't get it twisted, Silva does regret and has learned from his knockout defeat earlier this month.
"Nobody likes to lose," Silva said. "I train four months to win. But you end [up] learning with your mistakes, and I learned the worst way possible. After everything that happened, we calm down and I realized I had something to question, even question Anderson Silva. I lost to myself, and that’s the worst loss. Losing by knockout shakes you, [it] will be in history, but will leave a lesson."
Look, it's a fighting style the Spider has lived and died by his whole career. As they say, "you can't teach an old dog new tricks," and at 38, Silva isn't going to switch up anything now.
[via MMA Fighting]