Silva vs. Weidman: The Spider Defeated Himself at UFC 162
The UFC 162 main event was no instant-classic of a fight but one that will be discussed for some time thanks to Silva's questionable actions. Throughout the entirety of the remarkably short fight, The Spider acted like Weidman was some chump off the street.
The new middleweight champion earned the bout's first takedown in the first round, after which Silva began the taunting.
He dropped his arms and made fun of Weidman's punches by daring his opponent to hit him on the chin. At the end of the first round, Silva kissed Weidman in what was his biggest taunt of the night.
Weidman repaid Silva with two punches to the upper body 1:18 into the first. The second fist sent Silva to the mat and earned Weidman the middleweight belt in the process.
After the bout was over, Silva told UFC's Joe Rogan that he "worked hard for this fight" and respected the UFC and its fans. Given his efforts on June 6, however, his actions contradicted his post-fight words.
Someone who works hard to prepare for a fight does not take their opponent lightly or taunt him. It was almost as if The Spider didn't care if he won or lost the fight with Weidman.
There was no real effort shown from the 38-year-old MMA legend. The only real effort shown was his attempts to act childish toward his opponent. Silva's opponent now boasts a 10-0 career record after UFC 162 to go with his new title.
To his credit, Weidman didn't get frustrated by Silva and just powered through. He focused on landing punches and taking his opponent to the mat when possible.
Weidman didn't drop his arms or try to mock his opponent. Instead he just fought a sound match and was rewarded with the middleweight title for his efforts.
Silva told Rogan after the match that he won't be looking for a rematch with Weidman nor will he fight for any other belts for the rest of his career. That might be the best decision for The Spider.
It means he no longer has to take his bouts seriously. The veteran fighter can taunt without the possibility of losing a title in the process.
Only Silva likely knows what his thought process during his fight with Weidman was like. Whatever The Spider's game plan was, however, it is one he'd best never try again.
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