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Chris Weidman beats Anderson Silva twice: First, Weidman knocked the great Silva unconscious, the ultimate karmic victory. Silva, who just moments earlier had faked being hurt by his opponent, found himself staring up at the ceiling. Suddenly, acting was the last thing on his mind. As painful as that was for Silva fans, it paled in comparison to the sight and sound of Silva on the mat, howling in pain, his leg suddenly possessing an extra joint where none belonged at UFC 168.
Ronda Rousey refuses to shake Miesha Tate's hand: Ronda Rousey is an incredible fighter, but she's unlikely to ever get the call to replace Miss Manners. Rousey's socially uncomfortable displays of anger and emotion during The Ultimate Fighter highlighted, perhaps for the first time, that women fighters aren't necessarily any more well-adjusted than their male counterparts. The final indignity was a refusal to shake Tate's hand in the aftermath of Rousey's well-earned victory. Say this for the champ—she's not willing to sacrifice her moral code, even in the face of loud public pushback.
Dana White takes on Georges St-Pierre: Something was troubling St-Pierre in the days leading up to and immediately after his title defense against Johny Hendricks. The Canadian made the tough decision to walk away from the sport that has made him rich and famous. But rather than salute his biggest star and offer his unconditional support, White went on the attack. The result turned what might have been the celebration of a great career into a particularly ugly breakup.
Nick Diaz gets under Georges St-Pierre's skin: St-Pierre always seems so cool and calm, keeping his emotions in check both before and during his fights. But when Nick Diaz, the anti-hero of the masses, called him out as being rich and out of touch, all of St-Pierre's zen and Canadian stoicism weren't enough to keep his emotions under strict control. “Let me tell you something, uneducated fool, listen to me,” St-Pierre demanded. Diaz, true to himself, was in no mood to listen. But we were, in what was the best MMA call since, well, ever.
Snowden picks: Weidman.
I made a pact with readers on Twitter. The Anderson Silva leg break at UFC 168 never happened. If we all agree to remove it from our collective memory, no one need ever remember the horrible sound of Silva's desperate screams.
But let's not let him off the hook completely. What remains, seared in my memory, is his ludicrous performance at UFC 162. We've seen Silva mock and taunt his opponents before, but no one before Weidman ever made him pay for it.
Dundas picks: White.
Years from now, when I'm attempting to tell my grandkids about the history of MMA (moving methodically, year by year, because my grandkids are huge sticklers) the first thing I'll tell them about 2013 is the time that Dana White went off on Georges St-Pierre at UFC 167.
That was the night we learned no one was safe, I'll tell them. That was the night we learned that no matter how long you've been champion and how much money you've made for the UFC, the company president might rip you a new one at the presser because he didn't like your retirement announcement. It was weird and unseemly, and I was glad by the end of it that the two of them seemed to have made up.
Then I'll tell them: And we never saw St-Pierre again, although they say that on cold nights, if the wind is just right, you can still hear the sound of him partying in South Beach—the tinkling of Corona bottles and the booming bass of LMFAO.
At some point, I'll look down and notice my grandkids have gone quietly to sleep and that for the last few minutes I've just been a tired old man, talking to himself.