If you’re a fan of mixed martial arts you’re going to hear the phrase “I told you so” a lot over the next few days. You’ll especially here that phrase if you’re like me and picked Anderson Silva to defeat Chris Weidman by stoppage in Saturday’s UFC 162 main event.
Oh, there was a stoppage, but I never imagined that the man that we would see helped to his stool would be Anderson Silva. Yet there he was, the recipient of a very important lesson at the hands of Weidman. That lesson, to quote The Big Lebowski, “sometimes you eat the bar (bear), and sometimes…well, he eats you.”
Weidman opened the fight with a takedown; no surprise there, but he couldn’t do much from the ground, and the fight went back to standing. Once there the Anderson Silva show began.
You know that show if you’ve watched Silva over the years. The hands down around the waist, the taunts, the movement that puts him right outside of every strike his opponent throws. Silva even added a new wrinkle to the mix when he hugged and kissed Weidman on the cheek to end the first round.
The taunts did not stop to open the second round, but Weidman kept his cool, doing what he could to stay in the fight. With a little more than a minute elapsed in the second round, Weidman caught Silva and dropped him. From there he pounced, laid down some ground-and-pound and brought referee Herb Dean in to call the fight.
Just like that, the UFC has a new middleweight champion, and his name is Chris Weidman.