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Chris Weidman's second-round knockout of Anderson Silva is easily the most impressive performance of not only UFC 162, but 2013 thus far.
This upset ranks right up there alongside Matt Serra's finish of Georges St-Pierre at UFC 69 back in 2007. And while much has been made of Silva's showboating, it should not take away from Weidman's accomplishment.
"The All-American" backed up all of the talk and made good on his promise of defeating Silva, arguably the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.
Going into the fight, Silva had not lost inside the Octagon and had never been knocked out in his professional career.
That all changed Saturday night.
"The Spider" employed his usual clownish style—he kept his hands down at his sides trying to goad Weidman into making a mistake on his feet. Weidman didn't buy into Silva's game. He took the champ down early in the first and even tried to lock in a heel hook.
In the second, Weidman connected with a looping left that caught Silva flush on the chin. A few follow-up shots on the ground and referee Herb Dean saw enough.
The finish earned Weidman $50,000 and is easily a shoe-in for Knockout of the Year honors.
A rematch between the two seems like an inevitability, but the outcome is far from a certainty. Weidman's win may just be a fluke a la Serra or it could mark the emergence of the next dominant champ in the middleweight division.