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GSP: Anderson Silva Is 'Greatest of All Time,' but Weidman Would Win Rematch

Jul 6, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA;  Chris Weidman, blue shorts, defeated Anderson Silva (yellow shorts) in their Middleweight Chamionship Bout in the second round with a TKO at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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John HeinisSenior Analyst IJuly 8, 2013

UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre was chastised for months after he predicted to Sportsnet that friend and occasional training partner Chris Weidman would finish Anderson Silva at UFC 162.  

As it turns out, St-Pierre was 100 percent correct, as "The All-American" dropped the long-reigning middleweight kingpin with a picture-perfect left hook in the second round. 

Speaking to Pokerlistings.com, the French-Canadian superstar gave his thoughts on Silva's shocking dethroning Saturday night. 

I predicted Chris Weidman would win, but I didn't think he'd win the way he did. I thought he would win with ground and pound or some kind of submission, but he won with a beautiful knockout standing up. But I think Silva just got caught. I still think he's the best in the world. Silva's very good at getting into his opponent's head so I don't think it's a lack of respect. It's more that he plays mind games with his opponents. It almost worked this time but he got caught. It doesn't mean that it was a bad strategy for him. You always recognize a great champion by how they come back from a loss and I know Silva came back from a loss and adversity before. He's the greatest of all time for sure. Depending if Anderson Silva would take a rematch, I believe Weidman can take that win again.

While UFC President Dana White insists that a rematch will happen sometime early next year, Silva, via MMA Junkie, said immediately after the loss that he's not interested in a rematch, or even fighting for the title again in general.

The loss snapped a 17-fight win streak for "The Spider," who also has the UFC's 185-pound record with 10 successful title defenses in a row. 

Weidman, a former two-time Division I All-American wrestler and a Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt, entered the fight known for his grappling credentials, but showed his stand-up game was underrated all along. 

Of course, some naysayers are calling the victory tainted since Silva taunted and showboated nonstop before Weidman made him pay for his cocky attitude, despite the fact the Brazilian legend is known for goading his opponents into making mistakes. 

One thing not up for debate is that Weidman improved his record to a still perfect 10-0 and is the only man to knock out Silva in his illustrious 38-fight career. 

Coincidentally, the last time St-Pierre lost was a shocking upset against Matt Serra at UFC 69 in April 2007. Serra, who has since retired as a fighter, is Weidman's jiu-jitsu coach. 

Following the disappointing loss, GSP came back a new man, winning 11 straight fights, including a decisive TKO over Serra roughly one year after their first fight. 

Will Silva make a surging comeback the same way "Rush" did or is it clear that the longtime pound-for-pound great's best days are behind him?


John Heinis is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA Editor for eDraft.com and contributes MMA videos to The Young Turks Sports Show.

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