Chris Weidman shocks the world and becomes the new UFC middleweight champion. (Courtesy of Donald Miralle/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images)
Usually, I’d give a recap of the whole event from the preliminary fights. This time around, we’ll kick things off with the main event. Anderson Silva’s 16 fight undefeated streak came to an end at the hands of Chris Weidman in the second round. The fight began with Weidman immediately delivering a take-down to the defending middleweight champion. Weidman who entered the cage to a string of boos put the crowd on notice that he wasn’t taking this lightly. Silva managed to get to his feet after the Weidman scored points for his ground and pound game.
The defending champion brought the crowd to their feet when he taunted his opponent and dropped his hands against the cage, just as he did against Stephan Bonnar at UFC153. The tactic got to Weidman’s head in the first round as he strayed away from his initial game plan of taking the fight to the ground. However, in the second round, the antics that made Silva famous worked against him as he playfully leaned into a left hook that knocked him down on the canvas.
Weidman was swinging a barrage of lefts and rights while Silva was down when Herb Dean decided enough was enough and gave Weidman the victory via KO. Social media sites such as twitter were in an uproar as supporters of both Silva and Weidman were shocked at the end of the match.
Herb Dean prepares to call the fight as Chris Weidman pummels Anderson Silva in the second round of their middleweight title bout at UFC 162.
“I imagined this moment a million times in my head, but for it to happen still feels surreal,” Weidman responded to Joe Rogan when asked if the win felt real.
“All respect to Anderson Silva, I would love to do a rematch if that’s what he would want to do. He was an idol of mine,” Weidman commented.
When questioned by Rogan about his future, Silva thanked his fans, his training camp, and regarded Weidman as the best. Silva said he didn’t have any intentions of fighting for the middleweight belt and planned on taking time off from MMA.
During the press conference Dana White was adamant about getting Anderson Silva a rematch against Weidman.
“I guarantee you no matter what he says publicly, and we’ve had this conversation before – I guarantee you there’s nothing he wants more than that rematch with Chris Weidman,” White said.
When asked about potential super fights with Jon Jones and Georges St. Pierre, Dana White said the fights were off the table.
“In those superfights, he was the link to both of them,” White said.
Footage of the knockout below.
In other news Jon Jones was in the building and had an epic encounter with another famous fighter with the last name of Jones.
Roy Jones vs Jon Jones, UFC 162 (Courtesy of Jon Jones)