It hasn't even been 24 hours, but there is already little left to say about Chris Weidman's defeat of Anderson Silva at UFC 162. Fanboys of Silva and haters of Weidman will say Anderson beat himself. Fanboys and bandwagoners of the new champ will state, “I told you so.” The rest of us will know something special occurred, and all of us were lucky to see a great moment come to fruition.
Who is next for Weidman is an interesting question that could be open to some debate. There are a couple of obvious top contenders and a handful of possible outliers. How the UFC looks to establish the division will determine who gets the next shot.
The 185-pound class is now open to parity. Anderson's dominant reign created hungry challengers who upped their respective skills as they looked for any way to beat the former champion. Weidman is tasked with proving he can stand triumphant atop the mountain of bodies he must splay before his own throne.