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.
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
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?
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.