Anderson Silva taunted Chris Weidman. Looking to engage the wrestler in a stand up exchange, he went after his pride.
Silva pounded his leg. He dropped his hands, goading Weidman, twice an All-American wrestler at Hofstra, to eschew the takedown and strike with him instead. He stuck out his chin, daring Weidman to hit him.
Eventually, Weidman did.
Silva thought he was the best, that his challenger wasn't on his level.
And that might very well have been true.
But by dropping his hands and doing more dancing than punching, Silva evened the odds. Weidman stepped up and took advantage of his suddenly improved chances, landing a huge left hook that sent the champion's eyes rolling around in his head.
Rudimentary ground and pound sealed the deal, and just like that, an era was over.
Weidman, of course, was the big winner on the night, but he wasn't alone. The evening was full of winners and losers after a great night of fights.
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