Anderson Silva Disappointed with His Performance at UFC 162

UFC 162 will forever be remembered as the day pound per pound UFC champion Anderson Silva lost to Chris Weidman. Weidman knocked out the powerful middleweight with a smart left hook sending Silva to the canvass in just a minute and 18 seconds of round 1.

Weidman was not impressed at the usual antics of Silva in the Octagon. The champion taunted, made faces and even tried to fool around with his arms when Weidman, a fighter ten years younger than Silva managed to snag the title with his determination and concentration. After Silva fell on the canvass as a result of the sharp left hook, Weidman followed the move with more punches on the head causing referee Herb Dean to call off the fight.

Dana White, President of UFC however has great news to disappointed Silva fans. A rematch between Silva and Weidman has been officially called on December 28, 2013 in Las Vegas. This unbelievable rematch will also hold a fantastic title clash between female bantamweights Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. The event will be expected as UFC 168.

When interviewed by outlet Globo, Anderson “The Spider” Silva expressed his disappointment over himself and his performance in UFC 162. “There was no lack of respect. I respect everybody. All the provocation, hands down…it should continue. It’s part of the show.” He mentioned that even with the much-awaited rematch at the end of the year, he will never be making any changes in his style and approach.

He added: “Nobody likes to lose. 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 calm down and I realized I had something to question, even question Anderson Silva.” The champ exclaimed: “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.”

Anderson Silva last lost to Yushin Okami due to an illegal kick way back in January of 2006. If he had won against Weidman, this could have been his 18th win since April 2006. Chris “All-American” Weidman on the other hand has a perfect 11 wins and no loss since he started his career in 2009. Several fighters are already lining up to get a chance to fight the current middleweight champ and one of them is onetime light heavyweight titleholder Vitor Belfort.

 

The Night The Spider Fell

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No one could believe their eyes as Anderson “The Spider” Silva, the pound-for-pound king of MMA was knocked out by Chris Weidman, a fighter 10 years his junior. A fast left hook and several follow up punches were enough to knock out Silva in the UFC 162 middleweight main event at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday.

Chris “All-American” Weidman is now the new UFC middleweight champ as he managed to put Silva down in just less than 2 minutes of round 2. But it was not easy for Weidman to finally execute his winning move. In round one, Weidman was able to take down Silva with several hits as he pinned the champion with leg locks. But Silva managed to free from Weidman’s clutches and stand up; this was the moment that The Spider taunted his challenger. Silva’s long arms seemed to mock Weidman all the more. But the All –American managed to send Silva a clean left hook and this left the later dazzled as he crashed down on the canvass. The crowd went wild as another punch from Weidman followed and this time it was a hard right blow. More punches came from Weidman and Silva somehow never managed to counter; referee Herb Dean decided to intervene and stop the match. Weidman beamed as he was proclaimed the new middleweight champion.

Chris Weidman is not new to winning hard matches; this is his 10th consecutive win with no losses since he started his professional career. He has defeated UFC greats like Mark Munoz, Alessio Sakara and Tom Lawlor to name a few and of course beating one of the best fighters, Anderson Silva, is a trophy that he will surely cherish for the rest of his MMA career.

So who’s next for Weidman? There are several great fighters who are already in fans’ minds after Weidman successfully clipped the middleweight belt. Vitor Belfort is one of the best choices; he is fresh from his impressive KO victories against Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold.

And it was not just Weidman who went home with a smile on his face yesterday, other UFC 162 fighters also had their great moments; Frankie Edgar defeated Charles Oliveira, Tim Kennedy beats Roger Gracie, Mark Munoz defeats Tim Boetsch, Cub Swanson beats Dennis Siver and so many more. Bonuses were also over the top for these great winners. Weidman, Edgar, Oliveira, Swanson and Siver were presented $50,000 as a bonus for their great work.

Training with Anderson Silva at Team Nogueira

Fans are expecting a fantastic match-up between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman in UFC 162 middleweight main event. Silva will defend his middleweight title against Weidman who         comes to the Octagon unbeaten for nine consecutive matches. This amazing fight will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on July 6, 2013.

What fans don’t know is that the road to any fight is not easy. Fighters need to prepare weeks or even months for their fight. In the case of the champ Silva, he is taking his latest challenge very, very seriously. Weidman is technically younger than him and probably quicker than him which is why Silva needs to train double this time.

And when it comes to training champions, Team Nogueira is the home of the most popular and the most impressive fighters in MMA. Silva has trained together with fighters like Erick Silva, Rafael Cavalcante and Anderson “Braddock” Silva. Each one had great stories as they trained and bonded with “The Spider” Silva for his training.

Erick Silva admits that as he trained with someone who is called the pound-for-pound king of MMA, he was able to develop himself personally. “Anderson trains hard,” he admitted. “We were already in the final phase of our training for the UFC [in] Fortaleza, yet you say how the training went. He trained for five rounds without stopping, lowering his guard, doing those crazy things he does and giving us all a hard time.”

Cavalcante on the other hand mentioned that Silva was a “phenomenon.” The fighter continued to tell his experience: “In reality, he’s never not training. What’s amazing is that he’s totally unpredictable, lowers his guard, absorbs the blows and suddenly attacks you where you least expect it. He proved a tough workout for all of us.”

The younger Silva meanwhile only had his first sparring with “The Spider” and he mentions: “I only went one round with him – he had already gone four in a row – but I really could see that he’s everything people say about him. In addition to moving and defending very well, he’s unpredictable.”

UFC 162 is just a few days away and fans are already making their best guess on the winner. Will Silva defend his crown or will Weidman prove that he is the new middleweight king that all fighters should be afraid of?