Chris Weidman made mixed martial arts (MMA) history on July 6, bringing an end to legendary middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s reign with a vicious left hook that turned out The Spider’s lights.
It was as shocking as an upset could be in mixed martial arts considering the fact Silva looked like he was on his way to his 11th consecutive title defense, landing strikes almost at will against Weidman after fighting off the latter’s first takedown. Silva is well-known for clowning around a bit inside the Octagon, but the Brazilian took things to a whole new level at UFC 162, dropping his hands multiple times, dancing around the cage, while Weidman kept looking for that one big punch that would put him in the history books.
Weidman eventually hit his mark, immortalizing himself as the man who defeated Anderson Silva.
Earlier on, Frankie Edgar defeated Charles Oliveira via unanimous decision in a thrilling three-rounder, Tim Kennedy grinded out Roger Gracie, Mark Munoz revived his MMA mixed martial arts career with a dominant performance against Tim Boetsch, while Cub Swanson proved he’s ready for a shot at the featherweight title with an impressive TKO victory against Dennis Siver.
For the results of the undercard fights, check out my UFC 162 recap.