Unless he defeats Anderson Silva for the second time when the two meet again at UFC 168 on Dec. 28, undefeated Chris Weidman will never get full credit for his upset victory against the man many MMA fans have dubbed the greatest fighter in the history of mixed martial arts.
That’s because many still feel Silva (33-5-0, 20 KOs) beat himself at UFC 162, making Weidman (10-0-0, 4 KOs) just the lucky guy who happened to be inside the Octagon with “The Spider” that day.
To an extent, that narrative is somewhat unfair considering the fact Weidman had a few decent moments during the bout. He took Silva down with relative ease early in the first round of their UFC 162 bout, landing quite a few decent shots on the ground, threatening with submissions.
However, it did seem like the tide changed as soon as Silva got back on his feet. The Brazilian effortlessly evaded Weidman’s attacks while taunting a lot more than usual, landing several sharp kicks until Weidman finally got a punch past his defense during the second round, instantaneously inserting himself into MMA history books.
I personally scored the first round of their UFC 162 encounter in favor of Weidman, but I had Silva winning the second round until the fight-ending punch. Many others also had similar scorecards which is why a large number of MMA fans still don’t think Weidman is the better fighter.
Obviously, Weidman’s trainer, Ray Longo, gives his student full credit for the UFC 162 win against Silva, and he’s extremely confident Chris will be victorious once again when the two collide at UFC 168.
“This guy [Silva] had a highlight reel that would scare the crap out of anybody.” Longo explained during a conversation with Shameless MMA Radio (transcribed by Lowkick.com). “Now, knowing that he [Weidman] can knock this guy out — you’ve seen it in boxing a hundred times, guys don’t come back from that type of knockout. On top of that, the guy is 40 or 39 or whatever he is . I don’t see it. I think Weidman is going to go in more confident than he was in the first fight. He knows what to expect with all the mugging and all the antics. I think it is really going to be a bad night for Anderson Silva again.”
Given what went down at UFC 162, it certainly wouldn’t be wise to count Weidman out in a rematch. However, “The All-American’s” best bet against Silva is still to try to grind the former middleweight champion down with his wrestling, and even that won’t be easy as Anderson was able to shrug off two of Weidman’s three takedown attempts at UFC 162.