UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva insists he "has done everything there is to do" in mixed martial arts as he puts his UFC middleweight title on the line against Chris Weidman on Saturday.
The 38-year-old renowned Brazilian superstar - who has not lost a fight in more than seven years and remains undefeated in the UFC - says nothing will change regardless of the way the fight against Weidman goes this weekend.
“Whatever I should have already done in the sport I’ve done," Silva said at a recent media conference call. "Win or lose, I’ve already done everything there is to do and now it’s just a matter of doing what I love to do.”
Silva views his next challenge as not the opponent he is fighting - but from within.
“I don’t really train to think about my opponent," he added. "I train to do what I do best and what I’ve been doing since I was a kid, which is fighting.
"I train to overcome myself. I train to satisfy myself, not to satisfy anyone else, so I’m not thinking about my opponent. I’m thinking more about myself and overcoming myself and getting better at what I do.”
Opponent Weidman is only beginning to establish a legacy on the game but he is confident of defeating reigning champion Silva at the weekend.
"I will beat Anderson Silva on Saturday, and I'm going to be going for the finish," stated a confident Silva. "I honestly have a hard time visualising this fight going five rounds, to be honest with you — with all due respect."
Silva has not only avoided a stoppage loss during his UFC career; "The Spider" hasn't even been defeated in 16 fights under the Zuffa banner.
However, Silva is disinterested in Weidman's claims concentrating only on his own personal goals.
"Weidman’s been wanting this fight for a while," Silva continued. "I’m sure that he’s going to be very well prepared and he’s going to be able to show on July 6 how bad he really wants this.
“For me, it’s to go out there, and regardless of win or lose, I want to go out there and do my job and I want to return home to my kids in one piece.”
Silva’s legacy is set no matter the outcome at UFC 162 and will he will be fondly remembered within the sport.
“Everything extraordinary I could do in my career I believe I’ve done, and now it’s a matter of clocking in and doing my job and keep on fighting and doing what I’ve always done," concluded Silva.
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