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Recently Dana White, Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman were in São Paulo for the official announcement of UFC 168 .

The night’s main event features one of the biggest rematches in the sport’s history, as the middleweight champion Weidman looks to prove that his knockout of Silva at UFC 162 in July was no fluke. The undefeated Weidman stunned the Brazilian and the MMA world with the second-round finish of “The Spider.”

In the co-main event, women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey faces a familiar foe in her fellow Ultimate Fighter 18 coach, Miesha Tate. The pair previously clashed under the Strikeforce banner, with Rousey forcing Tate to submit to her trademark armbar.

Check out some questions asked by The MMA Corner’s Aline Baktchejian Djehdian for the middleweight champion, Weidman:

Chris, tell us a little about your coaches Ray Longo and Matt Serra.

They are with me from the beginning. Ray Longo is my head coach. He is a great person and coach, and is always cheering for me to excel in sports. I’m very lucky to have him with me. Matt Serra is an inspiration to me. He was the champion at welterweight, and this no doubt also helped as inspiration in my career.

What did you think of the fans in Brazil?

All fans in Brazil were kind to me. Not had a single Brazilian fan that was not cool. Loved the Brazilian people.

What are your thoughts on your career thus far?

It’s all still very new. I still have a lot to do and prove. I’m early in my career and now just think about improving increasingly.

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Recentemente Dana White, Anderson Silva e Chris Weidman estiveram em São Paulo para a divulgação oficial do UFC 168. O evento traz como luta principal a revanche entre Anderson Silva e Chris Weidman e ainda a disputa feminina do peso galo entre Ronda Rousey e Miesha Tate.

Confira algumas perguntas feitas por The MMA Corner’s Aline Baktchejian Djehdian para o campeão dos médios, Chris Weidman:

Chris, fale um pouco sobre os seus treinadores Ray Long e Matt Serra

Eles estão comigo desde o começo. Ray Longo é o meu head coach, ele é uma ótima pessoa e treinador. Está sempre torcendo para eu me sobressair no esporte. Tenho muita sorte em tê-lo comigo. Matt Serra é uma inspiração pra mim, ele foi o campeão no meio- médio e isso sem dúvidas ajudou também como inspiração na minha carreira.

O que achou dos fãs no Brasil?

Todos os fãs no Brasil foram gentis comigo. Não teve um único fã brasileiro que não foi bacana. Adorei o povo brasileiro.

Qual a leitura de sua carreira até agora

É tudo muito novo ainda. Eu tenho muito que fazer e provar. Estou no começo da minha carreira e agora é só pensar em melhorar cada vez mais.

Photo: Chris Weidman (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

About The Author

Aline Bak
Staff Writer, Brazil

A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Aline began watching MMA with her father during the heyday of Pride in the early 2000's. Her passion for the sport soon turned to the UFC not long after. After attending UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro and UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Aline was asked to recount her experience for Tatame—one of Brazil's biggest media outlets—and thus began her writing career. In addition to her work for The MMA Corner, she maintains her own site about MMA.