COMMENTARY | Few fighters have managed to rile up UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Top contender Chris Weidman isn't among them.
Silva seemingly downplayed his UFC 162 title defense against Weidman during the pre-event media call June 25 while discussing his mindset, preparations, and legacy heading into the bout.
"A fight's a fight, and this is another fight," Silva said through his translator, later adding, "It's about setting an example for the kids and doing good things. Everything extraordinary I could do in my career, I believe I've done. Now it's a matter of clocking in, doing my job, and doing what I've always done."
"The Spider" has won 17 in a row, including a record 10 title defenses, and hasn't lost since 2006. During the teleconference, he emphasized his desire to improve and always trying to "overcome myself. I train to satisfy myself."
That doesn't mean Silva (33-4, 20 KO/TKOs) is overlooking the undefeated Weidman (9-0, three submissions).
"Every new fight is a new challenge," he said. "It's really going to be up to who's better prepared and who feels better that night. Win or lose, the winner and loser always walk side by side."
Weidman is eager to dethrone the champ and validate the pre-fight predictions of numerous high-profile supporters, including Chael Sonnen and Georges St-Pierre. Both men have been outspoken in their belief that the 29-year-old will come out on top.
Silva, 38, isn't fazed by the age factor, however, nor the talk.
"Imagine if I were to start looking at everything people say," he said. "St-Pierre had his chance to pronounce himself about fighting me, and he didn't."
Rather, it's Roy Jones, Jr. that Silva has his eye on.
"I feel that his boxing style is one I'd like to test myself against," he said. "I've always been a fan of his, and I've always wanted to test myself against Roy Jones."
Silva said he has been honing his Jiu-Jitsu with Andre Galvao and training with fighters from Thailand and wrestlers from Cuba in preparation for the fight.
When asked about who's the greatest of all time, Silva also downplayed his standing among the sport's elite.
"In my opinion, B.J. Penn is No. 1, then Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell and Royce Gracie," he said.
There's no doubt Silva's spot on the list is secure as well, and when he meets Weidman on July 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, he may just show why -- again.
Paul Putignano lives in Southern California, where he has covered mixed martial arts and a wide array of sports across the Greater Los Angeles area. His work has been published in a variety of newspapers and online publications.
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