Chris Weidman: A man raised up as a wrestler scores one of the biggest and most shocking knockouts in UFC Middleweight history.
The champion, Anderson Silva, seemed unbeatable. He burlesqued the crowd with his usual taughts and in-cage antics. The first round was close, Weidman showed all he had in there but Silva seemed to semblance a certain signal of pride or confidence in every round. Until the first combination landed and Silva’s head ricocheted up against the floor there was not one man who thought Anderson Silva was going to lose his title that night.
But Chris Weidman isn’t just any man: he’s an all American UFC Middleweight Champion — and he earned very little bit of it. Chris believed in himself, his family, and his team. He set his sights on greatness from a young age. Weidman earned his world title — no performance enhancing drugs, no cheating, no fouls. Just a champion and his world title belt.
The first time I saw Weidman fight live was on the Dos Santos-Carwin undercard against Jesse Bongfeldt. He had the fight from the first seconds. By the end of the round Chris had Bongfeld bent over in a standing guillotine choke. This was the first win of a series of clinical beatings put on in at the hands of Chris Weidman.
Chris later submitted Tom Lawlor, out-grappled Damian Maia, and ripped apart the Filipino Wrecking machine Mark Munoz all in the lead up to the win of a lifetime over Anderson Silva.
How long will Weidman’s reign last? In the UFC, most champions incline ends right at winning the title. Others? Well, some other fighters such as Anderson “The Spider” Silva manage to defeat 10-15 or even 16 opponents in a row. It is clear though that those kinds of fighters are a dime in a dozen. Will Chris Weidman rewrite history? Has he tapped through his peak and reached his limits?