UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva’s status as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in MMA is well-deserved. Arguably the finest fighter the sport has ever seen, Silva is 16-0 inside the Octagon including dominant wins over a number of notable opponents. However, that won’t keep Chris Weidman from doing everything in his power to turn the tables when the two tussle at UFC on FX 8.

Weidman made it clear he wasn’t intimidated by Silva’s standing in a recent interview with MMAJunkie, showing supreme confidence in his ability to finish “The Spider”.

“I do plan on winning, and when you have a goal you have to live from your goal. You have to really believe it’s going to happen. I already believe and I can feel that belt,” explained Weidman. “I’ve gone over in my head every type of scenario (in the fight), from being terrible to where it gets good, from fighting through adversity to picking him apart in every aspect of the game and come out looking like I’m the next great thing. That’s my goal – to go in there and look spectacular.”

The 28-year old has even go so far as to look beyond their May 18 match-up, expressing expectations of an immediate rematch with Silva if victorious as expected.

“If I beat Anderson Silva, there are two things that are going to happen. There’s going to be an immediate rematch, or he’s going to retire. He has eleven title-defenses, and if he loses to me, I think he’s going to get a chance to get a shot at (my) title,” said Weidman.

The 9-0 Weidman hasn’t fought in nearly a year due to injury. Prior to the period he’d picked up five wins in the Octagon including those over Tom Lawlor, Demian Maia, and Mark Munoz.