UFC 162 Recap and Analysis

UFC 162 Report Card: Weidman Knocks Out Silva

7/8/13 in MMA   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

Did that really just happen? Did Anderson Silva, the greatest UFC fighter of all-time, really get knocked out cold by Chris Weidman? A guy whose biggest strength was his wrestling and jiu-jitsu?
 
I guess what they say is true—anything can happen in a five-round fight.
 
The middleweight division was completely turned on its head after Weidman’s shocking win. The victory may have been one of the biggest in UFC history, but one thing it was not was an upset. Weidman entered the octagon with all the skills necessary to dethrone the champ and had many professional fighters, media analyst, and fans picking the upset. Let’s take a closer look at the pay-per-view and pass out a few grades for the night.
 
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Anderson got cocky and paid the price by being knocked out out in the second round.


Anderson Silva: F
 
Silva is always prone to showboating and letting his arrogance run wild during a fight, but pretending to be hurt and showing utter distain for his opponent’s striking ability was simply too much. Who knows? Weidman was probably still going to win that fight, but Silva handed it to him on a silver platter by being too arrogant and dismissive of his opponent’s skills.
 
Chris Weidman: A
 
Jul 6, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA;  Chris Weldman (blue shorts) and Anderson Silva during their Middleweight Chamionship Bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Chris Weidman defeated Anderson in a TKO in the second round. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Chris Weidman pulled off one of the biggest wins in UFC history.

Chris Weidman is a monster—a very likeable monster. The new champ is humble, works hard, and steps into the octagon ready for a war. Most fighters would have wilted under the pressure once Silva started playing those mind games—what do you do after he essentially laughs at your fighting ability?—Weidman, however, stood calm and went for the knockout. The champ will have a lot on his plate over the next few months with either a rematch against Silva or a potential fight with the ripped-to-shreds Vitor ‘TRT’ Belfort.

Gabriel Gonzaga: A
 
Gonzaga looked fantastic during his 17-second knockout of Dave Herman during the prelims on FX. The Brazilian heavyweight has more than enough miles under his belt as a fighter, but may have turned back the clock with is spectacular performance on Saturday. Maybe a fight with Cheick Kongo could be next?
 
Frankie Edgar: B +
 
Frankie Edgar got a much needed win and finally bumped the monkey of a three-fight losing streak off his back. The former UFC lightweight champion looked spectacular, but is still a few fights away from a potential rematch with featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo. In the meantime, wouldn’t a fight with Urijah Faber be fantastic?
 
Jul 6, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA;  Mark Munoz and Tim Boetsch during their Middleweight Bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Mark Munoz (left) earned a unanimous decision victory after more than a year layoff.

Mark Munoz: B+
 
Mark Munoz started off slow but turned on the gas late in the first round and never looked back. Munoz returned from a one-year layoff as good as ever and wants a title shot against Weidman if a rematch with Silva is not on the horizon.
 
Roger Gracie: D
 
Has it been over 20 years since UFC 1 and the Gracie’s still haven’t improved their standup game? If Roger is to be the first Gracie to succeed in the UFC since Royce then he must work on his striking ability. Jiu-jitsu is just not enough in this day and age of mixed martial arts. Roger should have looked much better than he actually did.
 
 
 
 
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7/8/13   |   Jizmaglobin   |   540 respect

As Silva was walking into the ring I told everyone watching with me that this was going to be Silva's last fight, win or lose. I honestly thought Silva would win because he is so damn crafty and as the first round was coming to a close he was very much getting into Weidman's head. Or at least it sure looked like it. He was taunting Weidman into his spider web as he's done so many times before to so many other fighters. He was both physically, and mentally it seemed, picking Weidman apart with his quickness and a brashness that only a champion of a very long time could have and use to their advantage. I was screaming at Weidman to go for a take down because if he didn't he was going to get picked apart ala Rich Franklin. I absolutely think Weidman got lucky but I was so thrilled to see it because of the repeated lack of respect Silva has shown to so many of his opponents in recent years. I used to be a huge fan of his when he was always respectful to everyone and also such an incredibly dynamic fighter with the ability to seriously finish people. The last few years, as he took to disrespecting and trying to embarrass his opponents I found myself hoping he would get beat because he was no longer an honorable champion and acted like a smart ash punk. I was furious when Sonnen failed the first time and more so the second time even though Silva took care of business properly in the second fight. When Silva began clowning Weidman and Weidman began to get picked apart, because he seemed to get away from his fight and was getting caught in the spider web, I expected  Silva to finish him in the third or fourth at the latest because no one out strikes Anderson Silva. Not standing they don't and Weidman didn't really do it either since Silva was clowning, not really striking, when it ended. Weidman simply caught him. I'm still so very happy with the outcome because Silva is history now and it opens up the middle weight division wide open. Congrats champ! You earned it. 

7/8/13   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

jjh8857 wrote:
Was this the one where the 2 dudes kissed before the match at the weigh in?

Hahaha, yeah those were the dudes.

7/7/13   |   jjh8857   |   337 respect

Was this the one where the 2 dudes kissed before the match at the weigh in?

7/7/13   |   knpaulson1   |   22 respect

What an unbelievable upset!  Didn't see that one coming!

7/7/13   |   Scott   |   53795 respect

Anderson Silva/Chris Weidman is yet another example of what can happen in a fight when you don't take the other fighter seriously.