Chris Weidman ends Anderson Silva’s reign
Anderson Silva danced around the ring, toying with his challenger, Chris Weidman. Seconds later, the champ was dethroned.
Weidman hit Silva with a left hook, knocking out the longtime UFC title holder just 78 seconds into the second round of their Middleweight Championship match at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
The finishing blow came after Silva had faked like he was going to fall, and then dodged Weidman’s initial two punches, trying to catch his opponent off balance like he has done in so many matches before.
It was the third punch that got him, as Weidman finally connected and sent Silva down for good.
“I was ready for it. It pisses me off when someone tries to do that to me. I just knew little by little, I was going to creep on him, and when he slept, I was going to get him,” Weidman told USA Today about Silva’s clowning. Much of the first round also featured Silva taunting, as he would put his hands on his hips, daring Weidman to swing.
The victory brings the Long Island native’s record to 10-0 in MMA fights overall, with a 6-0 record in UFC. For Silva, it was the first loss of his UFC career, after 16 straight victories and 10 consecutive title defenses, putting a damper on who many consider to be the greatest mixed martial arts fighter of all-time.
“He’s unbeatable, the Bruce Lee of mixed martial arts. Thank God for giving me the power to do it,” an ecstatic Weidman said in his post-fight speech, according to New York Daily News.
Taking down Silva is by far Weidman’s biggest victory of his young career. It would not be surprising to see a rematch between the two. But until then, the 29-year-old will sit atop the MMA world as the new Middleweight Champion.