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.