Legendary MMA fighter Anderson Silva came into UFC 162 with 10 straight middleweight title defenses. That didn't intimidate Chris Weidman. The "All-American" made quick work of Silva and couldn't have looked more impressive doing so.
Weidman handed Silva his first loss in seven years along with his first loss of his career via knockout. "The Spider" tried his typical mind games and taunting efforts on his opponent.
Silva dropped his arms, dared Weidman to punch him on the chin and even kissed his opponent after the first round. The All-American admitted to UFC's Joe Rogan after the match that the taunts bothered him but he didn't make that known during the fight.
Despite the lengthy amount of time Silva put into his taunts, Weidman powered through the mockery and put together a sound fight.
The new champion earned the bout's first takedown in the first round. He then met Silva's dare in the second round and landed two punches that ultimately ended the bout. The former Hofstra wrestler landed the first punch cleanly—the following, square first to Silva's jaw sealed the former champ's fate.
It's not easy keeping your composure during a fight when your opponent berates you. Weidman learned a little about that on June 6. Still, he did what many others have failed to over the years and that is fight through Silva's showboating.
Weidman didn't let his opponent's actions throw him off or make him forget his gameplan. While Silva was too busy trying to embarrass Weidman, the latter just kept going to work.
In the end, this fight wasn't the most grueling of his career, but it was easily Weidman's most important.
It didn't take much strategy or a whole lot of time, but Weidman earned his new title just the same. Instead of avoiding punches, he was having to fight his own anger along with Silva.
After defeat, Silva told Rogan that the new champion has his respect and won't ask for a rematch because "[Weidman] is he best."
Nobody on the planet today can say they've defeated Silva via knockout except UFC's newest middleweight champion.
Regardless of his opponent's foolish actions, Weidman did all he needed to at UFC 162. He powered through Silva's mind games and simply focused on how to defeat The Spider with punches and takedowns.
The former wrestler executed his plan well enough to do what no fighter has done in 10 previous attempts. He took the middleweight title from Silva, and thus, etched his name in MMA history.
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