The Legend Falls (UFC 162 Review)

Chris Weidman vs Anderson SilvaEverything comes to an end but Anderson Silva’s reign as UFC Middleweight Champion seemed to only be coming to an end on his terms. Silva had not lost in his entire time in the UFC which included a record 10 Middleweight title defences. Silva had a 16-0 record in the UFC and would quickly become the best fighter to ever step into the octagon. The UFC would send a number of fighters towards Silva with every fighter the biggest challenge he had ever faced. Yet every fighter would fall to Silva as only Chael Sonnen would even come close to beating him until Silva won with a 5th round submission. He was the most dominant fighter that the UFC had ever seen with an entire division almost entirely wiped out. So when the UFC announced that Chris Weidman would be Silva’s next opponent there was some skepticism. The UFC would put out the idea that Weidman was the best fighter to ever step in the octagon with but they had done this before. Hearing about the greatness of the fighters who were fighting against Silva was not very convincing no matter how good they were. Every time the UFC put a fighter in front of the champion it was never good enough to beat him. Weidman to many was different as he represented another version of Chael Sonnen with more athleticism and a younger fighter. Weidman, like Sonnen, was a Division-I wrestler with a great ground game and some solid hands. This is the combination that Weidman was hoping to use to make history in the UFC and become the first new Middleweight Champion since 2006. He would be up against it with one of the most intimidating fighters in the UFC. Weidman’s biggest fight would be the mental one as he would have to not let Silva in his head. The fight would be a true test of this battle as Silva would almost immediately try to get into Weidman’s head. The first round would see a familiar sight for many as Weidman would take Silva down much like Chael Sonnen did in their first fight. Weidman would control the fight on the ground as he would take Silva down and begin unleashing some great punches. Silva would get back to the feet and immediately start trying to goad Weidman into coming forward. Silva would drop his hands and tell Weidman to come on and fight him. Weidman would not entirely fall for the strategy although he did begin to abandon his ground game. The second round would see the same strategy from Silva as he would let Weidman hit him continuing to tell him to come forward. This strategy has worked many times before as Silva is the best fighter in the world when he can counter. Multiple times Silva has goaded fighters into coming forward only to avoid the punches and catch his opponent. Weidman would forget about trying to take the fight to the ground and instead would fall somewhat into Silva’s plans. What he made sure not to do though is lunge forward and let Silva land a big counter punch. Weidman would stay calm and get his shots in until he would finally catch Silva. With his hands down Silva would eat two shots and fake wobbly legs until they became real with the next left hand. Weidman would do what many thought was impossible as he would not only beat Silva but he would make Silva stop. Weidman would line up for the official decision and hear something that hasn’t been said since 2006 as he was named the “New Middleweight Champion” shocking the MMA world. With the loss Silva would be very cryptic in his interview saying that he wanted to take some time with his family. Dana White would immediately say that the rematch would be the next title fight but Silva left that in question after saying he wants to return to Brazil and take a break from fighting for a while. Weidman will wait on the decision as Vitor Belfort is waiting for a chance at the belt but might have to wait until Silva is ready for the rematch. This also means that a superfight between Jon Jones and Anderson Silva is not in the near future.

Before the Middleweight division saw its first new champion since 2006 a former champion was trying to make his mark in a new division. Frankie Edgar was the Lightweight champion for two years until he was beaten by Benson Henderson. Then Edgar would take a title fight against Jose Aldo for the Featherweight belt dropping down a weight class to try to earn his second title. He would lose the fight that would be his third loss in a row as one of the best fighters in the UFC was all of a sudden on a losing streak. He would get his next fight against Charles Oliveira as Edgar would begin to try to solidify himself in his new weight class. Edgar would remain one of the best fighters in the Featherweight Division but would have to prove himself if he hoped to get another shot at the title. Meanwhile one of the young rising stars in the Featherweight division would try to take out one of the best fighters to show he was ready to move up the rankings into the top 10. Edgar would use his experience in this fight as he would not get frustrated by the taller Oliveira and would find his range. In one of the best fights of the night both fighters would go back and forth with each other as Oliveira showed that he can hang with the best in the division. In the end though it was Edgar who would come out on top as he ended his three fight losing streak and hopes to begin his climb back up the Featherweight ladder.

 

Fight Bonuses
($50,000 for each fighter)

Knockout of the Night
There was really no question with who would win this bonus as Chris Weidman did the unthinkable and beat Anderson Silva with a second round KO to become the new champion of the Middleweight division

Fight of the Night
With no submissions there would be two Fight of the Nights as Dennis Siver and Cub Swanson would get one for their three round battle while Frankie Edgar and Charles Oliveira would earn the other for their back and forth fight

 

Fight Results

Main Event:
Chris “All American” Weidman def. Anderson “The Spider” Silva
(KO; Rd. 2)

 

Main Card:
Frankie “The Answer” Edgar def. Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira
(Unanimous Decision)

Tim Kennedy def. Roger Gracie
(Unanimous Decision)

Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz def. Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch
(Unanimous Decision)

Cub Swanson def. Dennis Siver
(TKO; Rd. 3)

 

Undercard:
Andrew “Highlight” Craig def. Chris “The Crippler” Leben
(Split Decision)

“Stormin” Norman Parke def. Kazuki Tokudome
(Unanimous Decision)

Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga def. Dave Herman
(KO; Rd. 1)

Edson “Junior” Barboza def. Rafaello “Tractor” Oliveira
(TKO; Rd. 2)

Brian Melancon def. Seth “Polish Pistola” Bacsynski
(KO; Rd. 1)

Mike Peirce def. David “Daudi” Mitchell
(TKO; Rd. 2)

 

Upcoming Events:

UFC on Fox 8: Johnson vs. Moraga (Saturday July 27th; 8:00 pm ET)
Seattle, Washington (Key Arena)
Main Event: Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson vs. John Moraga [Flyweight Title]
Notable: Rory “Ares” MacDonald vs. Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger
Notable: Robbie “Ruthless” Lawler vs. Siyar “The Great” Bahadurzada

UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie (Saturday August 3rd; 10:00 pm ET)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (HSBC Arena)
Main Event: Jose “Junior” Aldo vs. “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung [Featherweight Title]
Notable: Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida vs. Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis
Notable: Demian Maia vs. Josh “Kos” Koscheck

UFC on Fox Sports 1: Shogun vs. Sonnen (Saturday August 17th; 6:00 pm ET)
Boston, Massachusetts (TD Garden)
Main Event: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Chael Sonnen
Notable: Allistair “The Reem” Overeem vs. Travis “Hapa” Browne
Notable: Urijah “The California Kid” Faber vs. Yuri “Marajo” Alcantara

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