Despite a myriad of huge fights since then, Chris Weidman’s upset victory over the previously unbeatable Anderson Silva is still being hotly debated. The always outspoken Chael Sonnen, UFC fighter and host on UFC Tonight, has weighed in on the issue once again.
In a recent interview, Sonnen stated that the Chris Weidman who defeated Anderson Silva was “the worst Chris Weidman I’ve ever seen.”
“Let’s not forget, Chris Weidman dominated him on the ground and then got up and dominated on the feet,” Sonnen stated. “This was not a close fight. It was also the worst Chris Weidman I’ve ever seen. I’ve never seen Chris Weidman fight so poorly. He slowed down significantly. When he was on top in the first round, it was off a very sloppy takedown. He gave up position going for a very reckless submission. He was taking a couple of kicks. He just didn’t fight very well, and he still dominated and ended with a finish inside seven minutes.”
Sonnen added that he feels like the rematch will have the same result.
“You have to understand, in the history of combat, never, not one time ever, ever, ever has a rematch ever favored the older fighter,” he said. “There’s a ten-year age gap here. It will be amazing if Anderson can beat him.
“Anderson Silva is a very smart fighter. He’s very skilled. He’s very experienced. I just don’t think he wants to be in there. They asked him right after he lost, and he openly said ‘my time as champion is done.’ And I believe him.”
Silva and Weidman will have a chance to put all of this speculation to rest later this year when they meet at UFC 168 in December.