Anderson Silva plans drastic changes for UFC showdown

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Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has declared that he is primed to take revenge on current king Chris Weidman this weekend, as the pair gear up for a titanic tussle in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Silva was sensationally knocked out by Weidman at UFC 162 in July, with the Brazilian suffering his first ever loss in mixed-martial-arts' premier organisation, a run that stretched back 16 successful fights to 2006.

Weidman caught the ex-champ cold with a brutal left hook that made the veteran pay for keeping his hands low and ushering the challenger forward, claiming middleweight gold in only his 10th professional contest.

UFC president Dana White ordered an instant rematch for this weekend in what promises to be the biggest show of 2013, with Silva adamant that he is relishing the chance to wright the wrongs of arguably the most disappointing night of his career to date.

He told MMAFighting.com: "The last fight is in the past. I’m really looking forward to this next fight, and everything is going to be different.

“Obviously we made a few changes. When you see a mistake, you’ve got to get back and see what that mistake is and change a few things.

"But like I said, that’s in the past, and everything is going to be different from now on.”

Weidman vs. Silva II is the headline act of what has the potential to be a blockbuster card, which also features only the second ever women's bantamweight title fight as Ronda Rousey takes on arch nemesis Meisha Tate in a rematch from their days in Strikeforce.

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