UFC 162 was a memorable fight card, as undefeated Chris Weidman brought an end to Anderson Silva’s historic reign as the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s middleweight champion – which included 10 consecutive successful title defenses.
The event was held on July 6, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Besides Weidman, several others also used UFC 162 as a platform to propel their MMA careers, while others weren’t able to perform under the bright lights of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Octagon.
Here are the biggest winners and losers from UFC 162:
1. Chris Weidman
He knocked out Anderson Silva, snagging up the UFC’s middleweight title. Enough said.
2. Cub Swanson
Swanson made it clear he’s ready to challenge for the UFC’s featherweight title with his win against Dennis Siver at UFC 162. He survived a tough first round, during which Siver kept him grounded for the most part, and he turned things around during the second round, landing the cleaner harder shots thereafter. He eventually put Siver away with punches during the third round, and it couldn’t be any clearer that Swanson deserves to fight the winner of the Jose Also vs. Chan Sung Jung UFC 163 title clash.
3. Mark Munoz
After the humiliating loss to Chris Weidman at “UFC on Fuel TV 4,” a decent number of MMA fans wrote Munoz off. However, “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” made it clear he’s still a force to be reckoned with in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s middleweight division, putting on a wrestling clinic against Tim Boetsch, landing numerous hard shots on the ground on his way to the unanimous decision.
4. Frankie Edgar
Frankie bounced back to the winning side of things with his performance against Charles Oliveira at UFC 162, showcasing his ever solid boxing skills, sharp footwork, and takedowns. Edgar vs. Oliveira was an entertaining three-rounder, and it earned both men the “Fight of the Night” award (shared with Swanson and Siver), as well as an extra $50,000 each.
5. Charles Oliviera
“Do Bronx” didn’t emerge victorious at UFC 162, but he proved that he’s good enough to compete with the best featherweights in MMA. He landed his share of decent combinations on Edgar, and he came close to pulling off the upset at the end of the second round, securing a tight guillotine choke that likely would have brought the contest to an end if Edgar wasn’t saved by the bell. Not bad for a 23 year-old who continues to improve with each fight.
Notable mentions: Edson Barboza, Brian Melancon, Gabriel Gonzaga.
1. Anderson Silva
No surprise here, Silva’s UFC 162 loss to Weidman will be discussed for quite some time given how things went down on Saturday. After losing the first few minutes of the fight battling Weidman on the ground, Silva found his groove once he got back to his feet. He was landing hard shots, relentlessly taunting Weidman in the process.
Given the fact he’s a counter-puncher, Silva typically goads his opponents into recklessly attacking him with his antics inside the cage, but it seemed excessive at UFC 162, much like during his 2010 fight against Demian Maia. It ended up costing him his undefeated streak in the UFC, and the loss will serve as a cautionary tale for newbie fighters for decades to come.
2. Chris Leben
Leben’s loss to Andrew Craig at UFC 162 was his third consecutive one, and “The Ultimate Fighter” season one alumni’s days in the Ultimate Fighting Championship might be coming to an end soon. The once-feared brawler was only a shell of his former self as Craig managed to get the better of the exchanges even while standing.
3. Dave Herman
Herman’s downward spiral continued at UFC 162, getting knocked out 17 seconds into his fight against Gonzaga. That makes it four consecutive losses for Herman – which includes two first round knockouts, a second round TKO, and a second round submission. The odds of “Pee-Wee” surviving the UFC’s next round of cuts are slim to none.