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Chris Weidman Celebrates Being New UFC Champion, Ready For All Challenges

Chris Weidman Celebrates Being New UFC Champion, Ready For All Challenges

Chris Weidman didn’t want to make any “call-outs” in regards to his first challenger now that he is the new UFC middleweight champion.

Weidman, however, hopes that he gets a rematch with the former champ first after knocking out Anderson Silva in the second round at UFC 162 Saturday night.

“Whoever the UFC wants for me. This is my belt now. I’m holding on to this belt as long as I frickin can,” said Weidman, during the post-fight show on FUEL TV. “I told Anderson after the fight, ‘Let’s rematch. You got cocky and let your hands down.’ He said, ‘You deserve it.’ He was very humble. You have a certain respect for a guy after the fight. I love the guy. I feel for him, but I’m happy where I’m at. I think he’s an amazing fighter and I’d think he’d want a rematch.”

Silva immediately stated his desire to not invoke the rematch clause, but UFC president Dana White was adamant the bout will happen. He even mentioned February as a possible time and the Super Bowl weekend event in New Jersey.

“He’s said a lot of things. I think he likes to throw people off. I believe there’s nothing more that he wants than a rematch,” he said. “If it happens, it’ll be the biggest fight in UFC history. It’ll be crazy.”

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