Anderson Silva Vs. Chris Weidman Rematch Set For UFC 168

July 13, 2013 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, Videos

It hasn’t even been a week since Chris Weidman stunned Anderson Silva at UFC 162 and the UFC has wasted no time in signing a rematch. UFC president Dana White made it official on ESPN and announced Weidman vs. SIlva II is ready to go for UFC 168.

I have to give the UFC a lot of credit here as they wasted no time in capitalizing on the momentum of the fight. I can tell you as the owner of a MMA/WWE blog that my website has been on fire all week thanks to UFC 162 related traffic.

The rematch being signed is not exactly surprising as White insisted immediately after the fight that the rematch would be signed. It was a matter of when as there were all kinds of rumors about Super Bowl weekend but in the end the fight was added to UFC 168 in Las Vegas, NV.

Dana White made the announcement live on ESPN Sportscenter. I found it curious that ESPN got the scoop considering how much White has criticized ESPN over the years. On top of that the UFC has a partnership with Fox. I would have assumed that one of the Fox outlets would get the scoop over ESPN. It will be even more interesting to see how similar situations play out like this in the future once Fox Sports 1 is live.

I think this is a real true test to see exactly where the UFC is at in 2013. White is calling this the biggest rematch in UFC history but that honor currently belongs to Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir with 1.6 million. No fight has come close in recent years to eclipsing their pay per view numbers. I would think that anything under a million buys would have to be considered a huge disappointment while beating the UFC 100 buyrate would be an absolute game changer for the promotion.

Silva is already a favorite on the sports books going into the rematch. Opinions on the first fight are as mixed as you get depending upon who you were pulling for in the fight. Personally I think Weidman got lucky and was on his way to a rough night if he didn’t land the punch. Many others think that Weidman had Silva’s number at the bell. It is interesting to see that the gamblers aren’t buying Weidman and believe that Silva is still the better fighter.

The fight will co-headline along with Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey. Ironically there were rumblings that Silva and Rousey were going to co-headline UFC 162 with the idea that the UFC would sell it on the best male and female fighters in the world. I am still not fully on board the Rousey hype machine but together, the UFC is probably not going to have two bigger stars than Silva and Rousey on the same card for a long time. The numbers should be pretty good regardless.

I am very excited to see what kind of Silva shows up for the fight. Everyone expects a more serious Silva to show up at UFC 168 but it would not surprise me at all to see the same charades played by the former champion. As much as everyone loves to criticize him now for his plan that same game plan helped him successfully defend the UFC middleweight title ten times. The plan seemed to work at first and took Weidman out of his ground game. It will be really curious to see what kind of attack Silva is going to try and bring to Weidman at 168.

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Emotional Anderson Silva UFC 162 Video Blog

July 12, 2013 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, Videos

It was easy to watch Anderson Silva at UFC 162 and criticize his arrogance but there is a side of him UFC fans have never seen until now. Silva posted a dramatic video blog on his YouTube channel which shows The Spider humbled and devastated after his KO loss at the hands of Chris Weidman.

Anderson Silva has projected himself to be a confident and at times arrogant fighter over the course of his UFC tenure. Fans are used to seeing Silva taunt his opponents and make what some call a mockery out of his fights. Yet what we finally see here in this video is a guy that is human and a man that takes his sport and profession much more serious than he has ever let on.

The video blog is fantastic and kudos to Silva for posting it and allowing us to get a glimpse into his emotions following the loss of the UFC middleweight title to Chris Weidman. The video first shows celebrities Usher and Roy Jones Jr. consoling Silva who seems fairly stonewalled during the conversations. It is after the UFC presser that Silva finally breaks down in an emotional scene in which he cries while he is thanking his team.

One thing I found really interesting here was a piece of the UFC post 162 presser in which Weidman and Silva talk about the fight. Silva says that all he was trying to do was induce Weidman to fight his fight which while it seems obvious often gets confused for showboating. Weidman says he didn’t take it as disrespect although he said much different during the fight. What is funny is that Dana White says if Silva would have won everyone would have said how smart he was. I laughed because when Silva first started playing games I tweeted that it was “brilliant” because he took Weidman out of his game plan. It certainly didn’t turn out so brilliant.

Check out the video which brings a brand new dynamic to the story. I guarantee that you’ll see plenty of these clips played in the promos leading up to the rematch and rightfully so. You can also understand the mix of emotions Silva felt in changing his mind on a rematch when you see how crushed he was during the aftermath.

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UFC 162 Conspiracy Theories Are A Joke

July 11, 2013 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

I love a good conspiracy theory and as a pro wrestling fan, I really love a good work but the idea that anyone would call Chris Weidman’s UFC 162 win over Anderson Silva a fix or a work is about the most preposterous thing I’ve ever heard.

It wasn’t soon after Weidman stunned the MMA world with his second round knockout of the greatest fighter of all-time that skeptics started raising their voices or in this case running to the keyboard. MMA and sports forums immediately saw a barrage of fans telling the world that the win was nothing more than a big fix. Every post was dumber than the next.

What may have even been dumber than these posts was seeing major sports media outlets pick up the story and give it legs. The worst of the bunch may have been Sports Illustrated, a site which has been very generous in promoting my blog in the past gave this ridiculous idea three minutes on with a “debate” about whether it was a fix or not.

I don’t know what was worse. Realizing within about three seconds that most of these people never even watched the fight or hearing the moderator constantly refer to the new champion as Chris Weedman.

As I said above, I love a good work. There is still a part of me that believes the Montreal Screwjob was a work, although we can debate that another time. As much as I would love to see a conspiracy uncovered it just isn’t going to happen. Anyone that knows anything about MMA would never be foolish enough to suggest that anything about Silva’s loss was fixed. Dumb yes, fixed no.

Or as Dana White says, “Yeah, the fix is in, you (expletive) idiots.”

Let’s take a look at the big picture here. Why in the world would anyone pick to fix this Silva fight? He had huge money fights on the table with either Jon Jones or Georges St-Pierre. Some say that the Chris Weidman rematch will be bigger but I completely disagree. To the casual fans, the general public, Silva vs. J.J. or GSP is much bigger. Taking a dive now not only delays those fights but even if they do make the matches, neither fight will be the same with Silva losing. They’ll be just as big but it won’t have that same zest.
The other question is why Weidman? Step back for a second and look at Silva’s last few fights. If Silva was ever going to take a dive in order to cash in on a rematch it would have been against either Chael Sonnen or Stephan Bonnar, with Bonnar being the obvious pick. A Bonnar-Silva rematch with Bonnar pulling the unthinkable upset would have been enormous money. A Sonnen-Silva third fight would have had a chance of beating UFC 100 numbers. If this was all about the money Weidman would be the last choice.

The argument in UFC’s case would be that Bonnar and Sonnen are at the end of their careers (Bonnar’s is over) and putting Weidman over creates a new star. Yeah, I am sure that is exactly what motivates Anderson Silva, creating the UFC’s next star. The motivation here would have been money and the bigger money was with Sonnen or Bonnar.

Speaking of money there are also those nice endorsements that Silva has outside of the UFC. Would Silva really risk taking a dive when he has deals with Burger King and Nike? If it ever came out that he faked a fight he’d be dropped immediately from them and anyone else. Silva is also looking to set up a movie career once he is done with the UFC. There is just way too much on the line.

Don’t get me wrong. As a pro wrestling fan and someone who worked in the business for a long time I have always wondered why a UFC champion wouldn’t take a dive for a big money rematch. Silva isn’t that guy and this isn’t that fight and any talk whatsoever giving this theory any credence is completely misguided and a little irresponsible.

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Anderson Silva Wants Chris Weidman UFC Rematch This Year

July 10, 2013 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

Anderson Silva has never been known for his consistency. Just a few days after telling the UFC world that he wasn’t interested in fighting Chris Weidman not only does he want to Weidman, he wants to fight him…this year!

I think that there have been more rumors about this match in a few days than there have been about GSP vs. Silva in the last three years. First Silva didn’t want the fight, than reports indicated that the UFC was attempting to book the fight on Super Bowl weekend, than Dana White said UFC 168, and now one report is saying that Silva wanted to fight Weidman again the next day. and UFC Tonight reporter Ariel Helwani reports that Silva wants the rematch this year. Helwani also reports that a source told him, “They have never seen Silva so motivated to fight someone, and that a little over 24 hours after the loss Silva was jokingly wishing the rematch could happen this week.”

Dave Meltzer reported immediately after the fight that the UFC president was looking at putting the fight on the Super Bowl weekend card which would be in Weidman’s market. Meltzer later reported that White had changed his mind thinking that while he would have all of the media in town, all of the media coverage would go to the Super Bowl.

There were also reports that White considered moving the Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate fight to the Super Bowl weekend show and replacing the UFC 168 headliner with Weidman vs. Silva II. My gut tells me that White wouldn’t want Rousey overshadowed by Silva and that he will do the best he can to stay away from putting them on the same card. There is certainly an advantage to exposing her to what could be the biggest audience in UFC history so who knows.

I think one thing is crystal clear here. The UFC and Silva’s team know that they are looking at one of the biggest fights in UFC history. I don’t know in this current climate of MMA if anything is going to break the records set by Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir at UFC 100. It’s just a different time and Silva and Weidman aren’t the talkers that Lesnar and Mir are. If any fight was going to break it Silva vs. Sonnen II would have but it didn’t even come close.

I like the fact that the UFC is keeping this fight alive with new rumors leaked daily about the rematch. Silva is suspended for 45-days from contact so it isn’t as if the fight will come before the end of the year. Silva’s desire to fight again so fast is certainly a far cry from the Silva who has taken a year between big fights in the past (other than the exception last year of the Bonnar fight) and I for one like it.

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Jon Jones thinks Anderson Silva “Abused His Gift By Disrespecting” Weidman

July 09, 2013 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, Videos

It will be awhile before UFC media can move on from the UFC 162 and the way Anderson Silva lost. That is why it wasn’t a surprise to hear the topic asked to Jon Jones often during Tuesday’s UFC 165 press conference and Bones offered an interesting take on the downfall of the Spider.

It is always interesting hearing other fighters talk about the Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman upset. While all are congratulating Weidman, many are disappointed in Silva and his antics during the fight. Like him or not Jon Jones has always tried to come off as a respectful professional so it was interesting to hear his thoughts on seeing a potential opponent KO’d under fascinating circumstances.

Jones was asked about the finish of the fight and the UFC light heavyweight champion would like to remind everyone that he has no intentions of ever purposely letting his hands down.

“It motivates me a lot to watch somebody who I look up to like that lose. It was a reality check. I try to keep my ego in check when it comes to the fight game. Watching Anderson lose like that, first of all is something I would never do put my hands down and fight like that. Seeing Chris Weidman’s dream come true, it motivates me to be a dream crusher.”

Jones was also asked about the burden of being champion. Silva talked about the burden of being champion after losing but this champion doesn’t see holding the title as a burden at all.

“I don’t let myself feel the burden of being a champion. There’s things that Matt Hughes has done, Georges St. Pierre has done. I don’t own so many records. I have no right to be complacent. I’m still young. I feel like I’m at the beginning of my journey. I’m learning to deal with media.”

Jones still has a lot of respect for Silva but he thinks that the reason Silva lost may have been more than just Chris Weidman catching him with his hands down…it was the War Gods that got him.

“I think Anderson Silva is a magnificent fighter. He abused his gift by disrespecting his opponent. He lost sight of that and paid the ultimate price for it. I’m not over the Anderson Silva fight train. He was fighting at a masterful level and he got disrespectful and the wargods made him pay for it. He’s still the best in my book.”

Jones is being very diplomatic here yet at the same time someone as sensitive as Silva is to fighter criticism may see his words as fighting words. GSP simply picked Weidman to beat him and Anderson immediately started mocking him. I am real curious to see if Silva uses these words to fuel a verbal assault of his own against Jon Jones once he starts doing media again for his next fight.

I am sure it was also nice to do a press conference for the first time in a year where Jones wasn’t asked about looking ahead to Anderson Silva.

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Anderson Silva Vs. Chris Weidman Rematch Targeted For UFC 168

July 08, 2013 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

As the MMA world continues to talk about Chris Weidman KO’ing Anderson Silva at UFC 162 the UFC boss is looking ahead to a rematch. Dana White is not only guaranteeing a rematch but is reportedly targeting it for what could be the biggest UFC card of 2014.

Anderson Silva may be saying no but the UFC is saying yes. According to reports, the UFC is not only working hard to sign the rematch between Silva and Weidman, but they are targeting it for February 1, 2014 a day before Super Bowl XLVIII in the same city.

A UFC event on Super Bowl weekend has become an annual show but this year is much different. Rather than taking advantage of the betting traffic in Las Vegas the UFC is coming to the Super Bowl. The UFC will be holding its event just miles away from the Super Bowl one day earlier taking advantage of all of the media in town for the NFL event.

Having an event on that weekend in the same city is a great idea. Having an event on that weekend, in the same city, with what could be the biggest fight in the 20-year history of the UFC is a whole other ballgame. Putting that fight on in that city at that time could be the biggest promotional coup in the legacy of UFC president Dana White.

It seems like an easy plan except for one tiny snag. Anderson Silva doesn’t want a rematch…or at least that is what he is saying. Silva told the world after his knockout that he doesn’t want the burden of the title and has no interest in another reign or rematch. Is he sincere or is this just a brilliant negotiation from The Spider? Dana White thinks it’s neither and believes that the former champion will change his mind once he settles down from the loss.

Anderson Silva needs to go home, hang out with his family, take a week or two to shake this thing off,” White said following Saturday’s post-UFC 162 press conference. “There are times when guys will win a fight, and they don’t want to talk for three weeks. It’s really part of the process, it really is, and especially a big night like tonight. And when you lose the way that he lost, there’s a process for this.

White believes that Silva will want redemption.

Anderson plays a lot of things off publicly,” White said. “The guy went on this win streak because he’s an amazing competitor and is an amazing talent. He’s going to want to redeem himself.

It’s a dangerous game that the UFC president is playing here. He’s played this game before where he promises fights at the same time the fighters say they don’t want the fight and he seems to always come up short in the end. Insisting that this rematch is taking place in the face of Silva saying he doesn’t want it may be another case of egg on his face.

It’s bigger than the money for the UFC but don’t get me wrong, it’s about the money. This rematch is already predicted to be the biggest rematch in UFC history. Early estimates are 800,000 buys for the first fight. Most analysts predict that a Silva vs. Weidman rematch will break the 1,600,000 buyrate set at UFC 100. Until it does it cannot be considered the biggest rematch in UFC history no matter what anyone tells you.

I think it’s even bigger than that. There is a great majority of fans and media that believe Silva beat himself with his arrogance at UFC 162. The UFC needs Chris Weidman to beat Silva at his best to shake the monkey off of his back.

Until that happens there will always be this exclamation point of sorts on Weidman as UFC middleweight champion. It really is important for the legacy of the UFC and the title for this rematch to happen.

Update: Hours after publishing this story Lance Pugmire of the L.A. Times tweeted that Dana White told him that he is working on getting the rematch signed for UFC 168 on December 28. My hunch is that Dana has something else already in the works for the UFC Super Bowl weekend show because I have no idea why he wouldn’t want this fight there. The fight would co-headline with Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate. It should be pointed out that the original plan I saw reported for UFC 162 was for Rousey to fight underneath and promote the event as the best male and female MMA fighters in the world.

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UFC 162 Silva Vs. Weidman Results and Wrap Up

July 08, 2013 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

Well that was shocking… After a stunning end that still has most members of the MMA world including fans, fighters and media personalities all equally shocked, UFC 162 is now in the books and one of the greatest title reigns in UFC history is over. Chris Weidman shocked the world Saturday night in Las Vegas as he did the unthinkable and knocked Anderson Silva out cold for the first time in “The Spider’s” career. The rest of the main card provided a ton of action and a lot of exciting bouts and the main event just capped a great night of fights, unfortunately for the UFC, many people are tossing around conspiracy theories and making excuses for the main event instead of celebrating a great night of fights. With all of that said, it’s time to look forward at what’s next for all of the main card fighters.

Featherweight Bout: Cub Swanson defeated Dennis Siver via TKO (Punches) at 2:24 of Round Three

For the first round of this bout, Cub Swanson faced a lot of adversity. His grappling skills are chronically underrated due to his penchant for brawling, but Dennis Siver put them to the test in the opening round. Siver used a ground-based attack to control the action on the mat and steal the first. In the second round, Swanson began to find his rhythm. Swanson shook off a few takedown attempts and actually ended up with an excellent reversal to finish the second round in a submission attempt. In the third round, both men finally met in the middle of the cage and began to trade blows in the pocket. Swanson got the better of these exchanges and dropped Siver. Follow up punches on the ground came fast and furious and Siver was quickly beaten into unconsciousness.

What’s next for Swanson? He deserves a top contender, but there’s not a whole lot of names available. He needs to move upwards towards a title shot so there is a short list of names that make sense. The first one is Ricardo Lamas, who like Swanson has been continually passed over for a title shot. The other hot name is Frankie Edgar, but I think it’s too quick to throw Frankie back into title contention. My favorite option is the winner of the upcoming bout at UFC 164 between Chad Mendes and Clay Guida, both of whom could test Swanson’s grappling.

What’s next for Siver? He wasn’t dominated at all and heading into the final round of this fight, it was even and extremely close. The loss won’t drop him too far down the rankings, but he’ll take a step back. I’d actually like to see Siver scrap against the loser of the upcoming Erik Koch and Dustin Poirier match. Another option would be fellow main card loser Charles Oliveira.

Middleweight Bout: Mark Munoz defeated Tim Boetsch via Unanimous Decision after Three Rounds

Mark Munoz made a successful return to the octagon after over a year away with injuries, and it was a bumpy ride to begin with. Boetsch was the aggressor early on, landing a couple of takedowns in the early part of the first round. Boetsch also managed to lock in a guillotine that was deep, but never close to finishing Munoz. In the second and third rounds, Munoz came storming back. The tide turned in the second as Munoz scored a takedown from the fence and transitioned to north-south position. From there he brought the ‘donkey kong’ as he likes to say, dropping huge hammer fists and punches to the body, to the legs and to the head. In the final round, Munoz continued to grind on Boetsch who began to look fatigued and continued to pound away at him on the ground. The final round was the most dominant of the fight as Munoz just blasted away at a battered and beaten Boetsch, but couldn’t find the finish.

What’s next for Munoz? At the post-event press conference he was happy to throw his name into the mix for a rematch with Chris Weidman, but that’s not going to happen. Munoz needs to be brought along slowly, against lower-level top ten fighters. Someone in the eight-ten space in the UFC’s rankings would be best. Francis Carmont seems like a fighter who would fit the bill. Although some might consider it a step-down in name value, Carmont is 5-0 in the Middleweight division and in need of a tough challenge, Munoz fits perfectly.
What’s next for Boetsch? That’s two straight losses for Boetsch, who looked impressive when he first made the drop to Middleweight. He’ll need to try and get back on track. Two possible outcomes are readily available here and both are recent Strikeforce imports. The first is fellow main card loser Roger Gracie who was dominated by Tim Kennedy. The more intriguing option however is Luke Rockhold. The former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion who lost his UFC debut to Vitor Belfort.

Middleweight Bout: Tim Kennedy defeated Roger Gracie via Unanimous Decision after Three Rounds

Heading into this fight, Gracie was hailed as one of the best pure grapplers in the UFC, but the questions continued to surround his still improving striking skills. Tim Kennedy showed that you need to be well rounded to compete at the highest levels of modern MMA in this bout. Despite being taken down early in the fight, Kennedy remained calm and showed excellent ability to avoid dangerous positions on the ground against a grappler as talented as Gracie. In the second round, Kennedy began to outstrike his Brazilian foe. Kennedy use leg kicks to slow the movement of Gracie and immediately began to punish Gracie with punches on the feet. The third round was the most one-sided of the fight as Kennedy continued to punish the slowing, plodding Gracie. Unable to earn a takedown in the final round, Gracie became desperate and left himself open to some big power shots from Kennedy. Despite taking the big punches, Kennedy was unable to earn a finish.

What’s next for Kennedy? This fight wasn’t exactly a barnburner, but he was given a tough task for his UFC debut and he came out with a win. After recently criticizing the UFC’s pay structure and being quickly whipped into shape by Zuffa, I don’t think it’s likely he gets an easy fight for his second UFC bout. A lot of the top UFC Middleweights are already booked in fights, but there are a few options. Michael Bisping is probably a bit too far up the ladder at this point, so someone like CB Dollaway or Andrew Craig are probably the best options.

Featherweight Bout: Frankie Edgar defeated Charles Oliveira via Unanimous Decision after Three Rounds

This one was supposed to be a squash match for Edgar. The chance for him to get some new footage for his highlight reels and get him back on the winning track after recent struggles. Apparently Oliveira didn’t get the memo, as he pressured Edgar from the opening bell and showed off some impressive new striking skills during the duration of the bout. It was an interesting styles clash to see the wrestle-boxer in Edgar facing the BJJ-Muay Thai approach of Oliveira. The first two rounds were close, but Edgar won both fairly clearly in my opinion. In the third, Edgar really did his best work. He used great footwork to tire Oliveira out and leave him chasing him around the octagon. Edgar came forward in spurts, landing big shots that hurt Oliveira, despite teeing off with a number of huge bombs, he couldn’t quite get the KO punch to make the Brazilian drop, but at the end Edgar took a well-deserved decision.

What’s next for Edgar? After his recent struggles in title fights, it’s much too early to start throwing Edgar right back into title contention. Still, he’s a huge name fighter, who is going to get big fights no matter what. I think the key for the UFC will be keeping him active, in important fights, but not letting him derail all of the fresh contenders to Jose Aldo’s crown. A lot of people think Edgar should fight Cub Swanson, and while I agree the fight is intriguing and I’d love to see it, it will take away an exciting top contender, so I think they will be separated. Edgar should fight the winner of upcoming bouts between Erik Koch and Dustin Poirier, or the winner of the upcoming bout between Chad Mendes and Clay Guida.

UFC Middleweight Championship Bout: Chris Weidman defeated Anderson Silva via KO (Punches) at 1:18 of Round Two

Many people, myself included, felt that Weidman could pull off the upset, but no one in their right mind could have predicted the way it would go down. In the first round, Weidman almost immediately shot for a takedown and was able to corral the champion on the mat. For his part Silva did a good job of avoiding too many damaging shots, and was able to control the posture of Weidman. In my opinion, Weidman next made a mistake by rolling for a kneebar and giving up top position. The rest of the first round was fairly lackluster as Silva egged on the challenger, but Weidman remained cautious.

In the second round, it was more of the arrogant Silva that we’ve seen in the past. Taunting and clowning around, daring Weidman to rush forward, trying to goad him into a mistake. Despite many people saying Weidman was playing into Silva’s hands, I think he actually was fine here, despite not shooting for takedowns, he remained patient with his strikes. He never over-committed to one single strike, despite the horrible advice of his coaches to “punch a fucking hole through Silva’s chest.” As Silva continued to clown around, he got tagged and the rest is history.

What’s next for Weidman? There are going to be calls for him to take a rematch against Silva and that’s probably the best course of action. It’s hard to say if he would be a favorite in the rematch, but for now Silva is claiming he doesn’t want a rematch. If Anderson won’t take his immediate rematch, I believe the only option for Weidman is Vitor Belfort. I hate watching Belfort go on and on in social media about deserving his shot and blah blah, but he’s the only logical challenger at this point.

What’s next for Silva? Anything and everything. From retirement to a bout with Roy Jones Jr. Anderson has always been an oddball, especially in the media, but his comments after the fight made absolutely no sense to me, it was hard to tell if he was trying to retire, or trying to not fight for the title or what. I honestly have no idea where they go with Silva from here. But I do know, the UFC’s best bet would be to put it on free television, because the one consensus I have heard from fans in the past two days, is that they will NEVER pay money to watch Silva fight again.

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Chris Weidman Proved Nothing With Anderson Silva KO

July 07, 2013 By: Category: Uncategorized

The combat sports world continues to buzz just hours after Chris Weidman dethroned Anderson Silva to become UFC middleweight champion at UFC 162. Fans and media have declared Weidman the better man but let’s not kid ourselves, Weidman proved nothing with the knockout.

Don’t misunderstand me. I think what Weidman pulled off was remarkable. He defeated the greatest fighter in MMA history with a knockout. It doesn’t get much better than that in terms of excitement. But the idea that Chris Weidman made a statement and is now the greatest fighter in the middleweight division is just flat out fiction.

Let’s break down that first round of the fight. Weidman was favored by some for his wrestling. Those same experts also said that Weidman was toast if he couldn’t do anything with Silva on the ground. Weidman scored a takedown immediately on the former champion. As soon as that happened I heard a lot of “I told you so” tweets. But those same people praising the greatness of Weidman today are quick to forget what happened from there.

On the ground Weidman dropped punches and elbows but appeared to do very little damage to the Spider. He certainly scored points but at no point did I think he was close to finishing. What very few people are mentioning is that Silva was continually working on the ground as Weidman was dropping those strikes. As a matter of a fact Silva looked close to getting Weidman exactly where he wanted him. The one thing most of Silva’s opponents don’t respect is his BJJ. It appeared that Weidman was falling into that same trap.

Weidman’s mistake here was going for a kneebar. He went for the knee and ankle and wound up giving up his position to Silva. The fight completely changed here. Silva started clowning around or as I like to call it, played mind games with the new champion. He took Weidman completely out of his game. Weidman was throwing punches and Silva was ducking and moving away from all of them. He made Weidman look very ordinary by the end of the round.

The second round of course is where the KO came. It was a fitting end to Silva’s reign as Silva has been toying with challengers the same way for years. You knew that at some point it was going to catch up with him and it did. Weidman threw a left hook and was mocked in the middle of the octagon by Silva. Unfortunately for Silva Weidman was done being mocked and connected with a winning series of punches to end the fight.

This was not in any way shape or form a case of a guy that outclassed Silva in any way throughout the fight. This was a case of a guy who was so arrogant and full of himself that he got caught by a guy that had better striking than he respected. Anderson Silva lost this fight, Chris Weidman did not beat him. You are kidding yourself if you think Silva was giving it his best and lost to the better man. Silva clowned Silva!

It was a nice win for Weidman but he showed me nothing in that fight. As a matter of a fact I’d take Vitor Belfort over Weidman in a second at this rate, maybe even Michael Bisping. I’d fly out to Vegas and put money on Silva in a second in a rematch because I can’t imagine Silva taking him lightly after this. Anderson Silva is an idiot but beating someone fighting like an idiot doesn’t necessarily make you the better man…it makes you the smarter man.

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UFC 162 Silva Vs. Weidman Results: Weidman KO’s Silva

July 07, 2013 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

Chris Weidman has shocked the world! Anderson Silva and his arrogance finally caught up to him at UFC 162. Silva didn’t respect Weidman’s power and he paid for it with his UFC middleweight title at UFC 162.

I’ll admit it. I didn’t buy the hype. The UFC did its best hype job on Weidman coming into the fight putting out press releases with fighters picking Weidman in the upset. I just didn’t see it. Neither did Anderson Silva and a stunned live Vegas crowd.

Analysts picked Weidman because of his wrestling and while those same prognosticators were going with Weidman, most said if it went to a striking contest that Silva would win. I don’t think anyone predicted that Silva would clown around and show such little respect for Weidman’s punching, disrespect that has finally caught up to him.

Weidman opened up the fight with a takedown and looked like he was following the playbook. Weidman was in control on the ground but went for the leg and wound up giving up his position. Silva toyed with Weidman the rest of the round almost identical the way he played with Demian Maia. Silva danced around, had his hands down, and begged Weidman to bring it. The round ended with little action other than those opening moments.

At this point I thought Silva was brilliant. Silva’s psychology here took Weidman completely out of his game…or so I thought. Weidman didn’t go for any more takedowns so in my mind I thought Silva was purposely playing games here to bait Weidman into standing up, which he did. It didn’t turn out so brilliant after all.

As the round started I thought to myself that this whole charade of dancing around with his hands down was going to catch up to Silva, Weidman was just too dangerous for it. It happened and it happened quick. Weidman connected and put him to sleep with successive strikes and a left hook to dethrone Silva and become the new middleweight champion in round 2 at 1:18.

Is Silva done and past his prime? I don’t think so. I think this was a case of Silva being ignorant and just an outright idiot. The greatest fighters in any combat sport are going to get KO’d if they let their hands down enough time. I’d love to see a serious Silva take on Weidman in the rematch. Quite honestly it has been years since Silva has respected any of his opponents. I am really curious to see what he has

Dana White said before the fight that Silva would get an immediate rematch. The rematch should do blockbuster money. Unfortunately the super fight officially died tonight as there is no point in moving forward with any kind of a Silva vs. Jones or GSP fight. The UFC played too many games with those fights and instead of striking while the irons were hot, they stayed at the table too long.

Silva did say after the fight that he wasn’t interested in any rematches and that his legacy as champion is over. He said he has ten fights left on his contract and will fulfill them. I get where he is coming from as at this point he would prefer to pick fights based on money as opposed to being at the mercy of the number one contender. However, there is a ton of money in a Silva vs. Weidman rematch. I am also not sure what the motivation is for either GSP or Jones at this point to take a fight with the Spider. I can understand where Silva is coming from but I think the UFC would be left with a huge void and a lot of unanswered questions if they can’t sign a rematch.

Full UFC 162 Silva vs. Weidman results & winners…
Chris Weidman defeated Anderson Silva via TKO in Round 2 to become UFC middleweight champion
Frankie Edgar defeated Charles Oliveira via unanimous decision
Tim Kennedy defeated Roger Gracie via unanimous decision
Mark Munoz defeated Tim Boetsch via unanimous decision
Cub Swanson defeated Dennis Siver via third-round TKO
Andrew Craig defeated Chris Leben via split decision
Norman Parke defeated Kazuki Tokudome via unanimous decision
Gabriel Gonzaga defeated Dave Herman via first-round TKO
Edson Barboza defeated Rafaello Oliveira via second-round TKO
Brian Melancon defeated Seth Baczynski via first-round KO
Mike Pierce defeated David Mitchell via second-round TKO

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Chael Sonnen Interviews Anderson Silva On UFC Tonight

July 06, 2013 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, Videos

My how things have changed in one year. One year ago Chael Sonnen wanted to beat up Anderson Silva, come over his house, and ask him to make a steak dinner. Today the two are sharing laughs on UFC Tonight.

Chael Sonnen has done a terrific job of transitioning to a host on UFC Tonight. It is fun to see Chael interview his peers. It could get a little uncomfortable on the other hand when Chael is tasked with interviewing one of the many fighters he has talked trash on and there is nobody in the world he has talked more trash on than Anderson Silva.

Chael had Silva on the show to promote his UFC 162 fight against Chris Weidman. Given the animosity between the two over the last few years I was surprised how comfortable they were with the segment. If you had no idea about their past you’d probably presume that they were friends. Believe it or not they even share a laugh together when Chael asks Anderson about Georges St-Pierre’s prediction that he will lose.

The best part of the interview may be when Chael asks Anderson if he is a better fighter than Steven Segal is an actor.

Check out this fun interview and who knows? Maybe a year from now Nick Diaz will be sitting down to interview GSP on a UFC broadcast. I doubt it but after seeing this I believe anything really is possible in the UFC.