Chris Weidman upsets Anderson Silva, winning by KO in second round

LAS VEGAS – Anderson Silva‘s amazing run of 2,458 days as UFC middleweight champion ended with him lying flat on his back, knocked out, as the result of an arrogant and short-sighted decision.

 

In the end, he turned out to be not as good as he thought he was.

Silva kept his hands at side and frequently urged Chris Weidman to fight. He gave Weidman several free shots at his chin.

In the second, Silva put his hands down, and was moving at the waist, avoiding most of the punches. But he didn’t avoid them all, and it led to one of the most stunning finishes in UFC history.

Weidman caught Silva on the chin with a left hook while Silva’s hands were at his waist. He finished the fight quickly on the ground and claimed the middleweight belt, giving the UFC its first new 185-pound champion since Oct. 14, 2006, when Silva stopped Rich Franklin.

Chris Weidman celebrates after defeating Anderson Silva. (USA Today)Silva had gone 16-0 in the UFC and had won 10 consecutive title bouts since his last loss, via disqualification, to Yushin Okami at Rumble on the Rock 8 on Jan. 20, 2006, in Honolulu.

Many of his peers were picking Weidman to dethrone him on Saturday, but few saw it coming the way it did. After an early Weidman takedown, Silva inexplicably kept his hands down and kept shouting to Weidman to fight.

As he walked back to his corner after the first, Weidman was shaking his head.

He was not happy.

“It pisses me off when someone does that to me and I knew sooner or later, I’d get him,” Weidman said.

He got him in the second. Silva was about eight feet from the cage and again, dropped his hands. Silva dodged three or four of Weidman’s punches completely, but then a right grazed him.

That didn’t seem to have an impact, but a crushing left hook landed on the point of Silva’s chin and changed the course of UFC history.

The top fighter in the world, the man many had proclaimed as the greatest in UFC history, was out in an instant, his magnificent reign shockingly over. It also blew a potential super fight between Silva and light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, the man who now has to be regarded universally as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Silva said he did not want a rematch, but said he would continue to fight.

“Chris Weidman has my respect,” Silva said. “He’s the best. I did my best, but he’s the best.”

Weidman, who came to the ring draped in the American flag, could hardly believe what had just occurred.

“I felt destined, but it still felt far-fetched,” Weidman said. “I imagined it so many times in my head, but it still feels surreal.”

Advertisements

About martialartsoutfitters

We're a company run by martial artists for martial artists. I promise that we will always do our best to serve the martial art community; putting service ahead of profit should they ever conflict. MartialArtsOutfitters.com is your “go to” resource for all things Martial Arts. We also carry a wide selection of fine products for Taekwondo, MMA, and other martial arts. To meet the needs of the discerning martial artist, we have top quality Uniforms, Sparring Gear, Training Equipment, and Weapons, from leading manufacturers. MartialArtsOutfitters.com carries the widest selection from Adidas, Century, Golden Tiger, Master Line, Rev Gear and we proudly feature Ring Star Advantage. These top brands along with our own proprietary martial art products, makes Martial ArtsOutfitters.com your one stop online shopping destination for martial art supplies. To help you in your pursuit of knowledge we feature Books and DVDs from top masters and instructors. For the ultimate home training resource, you can download a training lesson from our Virtual Trainer. If you are looking to stay current with the martial art world, check our Events Section for all of the latest and greatest seminars, competitions, and events. We encourage you to submit information about coming events so we can post it. Simply Contact us and we will be honored to do so. For world class customer service and the answer to all of your martial art needs, make Martial Arts Outfitters.com your “go to” resource
This entry was posted in Martial Arts, MMA and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Chris Weidman upsets Anderson Silva, winning by KO in second round

  1. Pingback: What’s Next for Anderson Silva in the UFC? | Sport Statricity

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s