It was one of the most shocking moments in MMA history when undefeated Chris Weidman dethroned the most dominant champion ever to fight under the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s banner on July 6, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Going into the UFC 162 Silva vs. Weidman bout, a decent number of people had an inclination Weidman’s wrestling would cause problems for “The Spider,” and that turned out to be the case early on. Weidman completed a takedown early in the first round, landing several hard shots, keeping Silva on his back for the first three minutes.
However, Silva turned things around as soon as he fought his way back to his feet — thanks to a kneebar attempt by Weidman — proving to be the better striker, humiliating Chris with his unreal head-movement and laser-accurate kicks until Weidman finally found a hole in his normally impregnable defense, bringing Silva’s 16-fight win streak to an end.
Anderson initially indicated he didn’t want a rematch against Weidman, but even the most casual of MMA fans knew that wasn’t going to last. Thus, it wasn’t that surprising when the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s president, Dana White, recently revealed the two have agreed to meet in a rematch and headline the UFC 168 fight card scheduled for Dec. 28.
“Nobody likes to lose,” Silva said during an interview with Globo TV (translated by MMAfighting.com). “I train four months to win. But you end [up] learning with your mistakes, and I learned the worst way possible. After everything that happened, we calmed down and I realized I had something to question, even question Anderson Silva. I lost to myself, and that’s the worst loss. Losing by knockout shakes you, [it] will be in history, but will leave a lesson.”
The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, will defend her title against Miesha Tate in the co-main event, so it’s safe to say that White’s assertion that the UFC 168 fight card will be the biggest event in the promotion’s history is probably right.
Many Silva fans are eager to see the Brazilian reclaim “his” title from Weidman, while the “All-American” undoubtedly picked up a lot of new fans with his UFC 162 victory against Anderson.
Silva will, once again, be a favorite (opened at -140) heading into his second fight against Weidman, and there’s a good reason for that. Silva was clearly the superior striker at UFC 162, and the chances of Chris catching him again during the rematch are slim to none.
Anderson understands that his unique striking style is primarily responsible for his multiple historic accomplishments as a mixed martial artist, and he doesn’t plan to change a thing heading into UFC 168.
Not even the dropped hands or “showboating” antics many feel were excessive at UFC 162.
“If Muhammad Ali came up saying I wasn’t humble, then I’d think if I was humble or not,” he explained. “There was no lack of respect. I respect everybody. All the provocation, hands down… It should continue, it’s part of the show.”