At UFC 162, Chris Weidman's left hand ended an era. At UFC 168, his left leg likely ended a career.
After being dominated for much of the first round, Anderson Silva came out a man on fire. But his powerful legkicks—the longtime champion's best weapon in the first fight—proved to be his own undoing.
His left leg appeared to snap near the ankle after Weidman blocked a hard low kick, causing the UFC legend to drop to the mat in obvious pain. The fight was soon stopped, and Weidman remained champion.
Unfortunately, it's a victory that no one can possibly be happy about.
"It's a sh@tty way to see him go out," UFC President Dana White said in the post-fight press conference, calling Silva one of the greatest of all time. "But it's part of the game."
Weidman emerges no stronger in the eyes of UFC fans. All the questions that lingered after his first win remain. And Silva, at 38 and already hinting the end is near on a Hall of Fame career, seems likelier to retire than to attempt a comeback after such a devastating injury.
For seven years, Silva was undefeated inside the UFC Octagon. For seven years, he decimated almost everyone in his path, barely ever breaking a sweat. Fourteen men stepped into the cage to face him. Fourteen men fell to his lethal hands and feet.
Even as he aged, Silva seemed all but unbeatable—until his eyes rolled back and his head bounced off the mat. Just like that, in the seconds it took for his showboating to backfire in a major way, Weidman was suddenly the UFC middleweight champion.
After a crushing injury, he holds tight to his prize. Was it another fluke?
We'll likely never know.
In the co-main, Ronda Rousey continued her rise to the top of the sport. The blond bombshell may not have long in the fight game before the movie industry comes to claim her as one of its own. But while she's still competing in the cage, she seems determined to write her name in the history books in permanent ink.
Miesha Tate was a game opponent, but heart wasn't nearly enough. Rousey dominated throughout the three-round contest, eventually finishing the bout with her trademark armbar.
Of course, Weidman and Rousey weren't the night's only winners just as Tate and Silva were not the only losers. Bleacher Report looked at every main card fight to determine the real winners and losers as well as provide instant, heat-of-the-moment analysis.
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