Interview: Anderson Silva Talks Rematch with Chris Weidman, His Desire to Fight Roy Jones Jr., and Roc Nation Sports

Interview: Anderson Silva Talks Rematch with Chris Weidman, His Desire to Fight Roy Jones Jr., and Roc Nation SportsImage via USA TODAY Sports

After holding onto the UFC Middleweight Championship belt for a remarkable 2,458 days, Anderson Silva nearly lost it all with one, solid left hook to the face from Chris Weidman at UFC 162. Twitter blew up with people claiming that Silva's arrogant style had finally caught up with him while The Spider briefly questioned his future in the sport. But all of that talk was a thing of the past when we sat down with Anderson during his visit to New York City in late August. 

In a pink, white and black plaid button-up shirt, silver-framed glasses and a megawatt smile that could light up any room, Silva didn't look like the type of guy who could probably snap your arm in a matter of seconds. Instead, the 38-year-old fighter seemed relaxed, cracking jokes with his friends and even placing his arm around the neck of people he met only a couple minutes ago. But, at the mere mention of Weidman's name, that playful side of Silva is replaced by a focused, humble individual, or as the man himself puts it, "a new Anderson." 

Prior to embarking on his training process for Saturday's rematch with Weidman at UFC 168, we spoke with the new and improved Anderson about getting a second chance at the new Middleweight champion, why his legacy would not be complete until he fights Roy Jones Jr., talks of joining Roc Nation Sports and more.

Interview by Jose Martinez (@ZayMarty)

For those people that don't know who you are, which is probably very few, but how did you come up in the sport of mixed martial arts?
Silva: I've been in this sport for a long time, training in Capoeira and Taekwondo. But when I watched the Gracie family, especially Royce Gracie fighting in UFC, that's when I started thinking that I could have a career in MMA

I respect Weidman and I thank him for giving me the chance to change my energy and techniques for the next fight. I'm a new Anderson right now.

What's your outlook on the fight against Chris Weidman at UFC 162?
The fight is the fight. I have a chance to change the story of the last match and take my belt back. 

Was there ever a point after the Weidman fight where retirement popped into your head?
No, not for now. Maybe in five or six years.

There was an interesting quote where Weidman said that people paint you as "a mythical creature" that cannot be beaten. What's your response to that?
I respect Weidman and I thank him for giving me the chance to change my energy and techniques for the next fight. I'm a new Anderson right now.

What goes into the new Anderson?
I have more humility, more sensitive and faster. [Laughs.]

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