Silva vs Weidman Results: Lessons Learned from UFC 162's Main Event
Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman at UFC 162 will go down in history as one of the most pivotal matchups that the sport of MMA will ever know. With one incredible left hand, Weidman shocked the world, ended an era and won his first world championship.
As the old saying goes, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. For that reason, it is important that we pick up on the lessons learned from this fight.
Here is a look at four lessons learned from UFC 162's main event.
Chris Weidman Isn't Afraid of Any Man
At the UFC 162 weigh-ins, Chris Weidman was heard saying that he isn't afraid of Anderson Silva like everyone else. Shortly after winning the middleweight championship, Weidman told media at the post-fight press conference that he wanted Silva to know that he wasn't intimidated.
How did he put his fearlessness on display? Weidman claimed that he intentionally dropped his forehead and leaned into a couple of Silva's punches. It was a dangerous move against the most feared striker in MMA history, but it worked for the new champion.
Chris Weidman Is the Very Best Middleweight on the Planet
Not only did Chris Weidman knock out the champion during a session of taunting, but the NCAA standout won the first round of action.
It took 30 seconds from the first bell for Weidman to secure a takedown against The Spider. Once the fight hit the canvas, it took little time for the the Serra/Longo fighter to land ground-and-pound. Were that not enough, Silva was dangerously close to being submitted with both a kneebar and a heel hook.
We've seen Weidman's grappling skills on display before but never against a fighter the caliber of Silva. We knew he had elite wrestling and submission abilities, but to hold his own against Anderson in the striking department makes this kid a terrifying force to be reckoned with.
Michael Bisping Is Completely Delusional
Michael Bisping got knocked out by Vitor Belfort earlier this year. Viciously. However, that isn't stopping "The Count" from attempting to get a title fight from newly minted champion Chris Weidman.
Hey @ChrisWeidmanUFC so your the champ. Defend it, fight me!
Does Bisping really think he is going to get a title shot before the guy that just head-kicked him into oblivion? How much stock does the Ultimate Fighter winner think he earned back with his technical-decision victory over Alan Belcher? Are we supposed to ignore the fact that he is 2-2 since the start of 2012?
Anderson Silva Does Not Control the Matrix
Anderson Silva has dodged, ducked, dipped, dived and dodged more than his fair share of strikes over the course of his career. The way that he effortlessly moved inches out of the way of strikes from the likes of Forrest Griffin is legendary.
Silva's ability to slip punches has led some to believe that the longtime champion cannot be punched unless he allows it to happen.
Some would go as far as to claim that Silva controls the Matrix. The biggest lesson that we learned from the main event of UFC 162 is that Silva simply can't avoid every punch the way that he led us to believe.