UFC 162 was one of the most impacting pay-per-view's in UFC history, but the weirdness surrounding the results of the main event is the worst takeaway from the show.
To see the greatest MMA fighter in the world lose his title while clowning in the Octagon was a shame.
I was never overly impressed with Anderson Silva's in-fight taunting. It didn't make me think he was a better fighter because he could clown and still win. Sure, the showmanship is cool, and there are some elements of strategy involved, but it made me nervous.
Not because I'm a Silva fan, but because I dreaded the day we'd see him caught mid-taunt and knocked cold. I knew it would produce a feeling of dissatisfaction.
When Chris Weidman clocked Silva with the left hook heard round the MMA world and took the Spider's middleweight crown, it felt just like I feared it would.
Silva's loss left me wondering whether he had been beaten by the better fighter. It was like seeing a great singer lose a singing contest because he decided to rap during his performance rather than belt out notes.
I love hip hop, but I really wish Silva had sung. Had he competed appropriately—win or lose—there would be no question who the best contestant on Saturday night was.
By not fighting, he robbed Weidman of the glory he deserves for beating the greatest of all time, fair and square. Silva cheated fans out of the experience of seeing an all-time great finally lose in the same manner most of the greats of the sport have lost.
With things transpiring as they did, we have a new UFC middleweight champion and a feeling of emptiness in our stomachs because of the way he attained his crown.
Other Bad Things
Dave Herman is Done
It only took 17 seconds to find out Dave Herman's MMA career should be over. On Saturday night, the physically imposing heavyweight was again reduced to Octagon rubble after being knocked sideways by Gabriel Gonzaga.
It was Herman's fourth loss in a row and it took place during the FX preliminary portion of the show. This simply means Herman can't sink much lower on the UFC food chain.
All four of his losses on this skid have come by way of stoppage, three by KO/TKO. When should Herman call it quits? In my best Bruce Buffer voice: "It's time!!!"
Herb Dean's Spaced Out During Dennis Siver-Cub Swanson Bout
UFC referees catch a ton of flack for early stoppages, but Dean deserves to hear it for waiting too long to pull Swanson off Siver. Swanson had clearly hurt Siver, and the latter could no longer intelligently defend himself.
It almost looked as if Siver was looking up at Dean hoping he would call an end to the fight. Even then, Siver was allowed to take at least one more unnecessary shot. That should never happen.
Usually, I like Dean's work, but he wasn't in tune with the action in this bout.
The Good Things
Frankie "The Answer" Edgar is Still Elite
The Answer snapped a three-fight losing streak by defeating Charles Oliveira at UFC 162. In doing so, he hushed any talk that he was on the downside of his career.
When a fighter drops three straight fights—even when all three are disputable—the doubts can start to creep in. Edgar validated his place amongst the world's elite with a sound and convincing win over a talented young Brazilian fighter in Oliveira.
Edgar is good for the sport because of his spirit and everyman qualities. Seeing him extend his relevance is great for the UFC.
Edson Barboza Has the "It" Factor
Some fighters just have a special quality in the Octagon; they exude excitement, confidence and charisma. Barboza is one of those guys.
When he's fighting you get the feeling something explosive is going to happen at any second. His spinning wheel kick KO of Terry Etim at UFC 142 is one of the most spectacular finishes in MMA history.
He did have a setback against Jamie Varner at UFC 146, but he reaffirmed his appeal on Saturday by grabbing his second straight win. Barboza decimated Rafaelio Oliveira with lumberjack-like leg kicks.
There is something brutally dynamic about watching a fighter kick his opponent's legs until he can no longer stand. Barboza has repeatedly shown us his varied and spectacular ability to finish.
This dude is a dangerous and compelling fighter.
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