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.
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.
Chris Weidman defeated Anderson Silva via TKO in Round 2 to become UFC middleweight champion
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