The time finally came. The biggest rematch in MMA history. The rematch between the greatest of all time, Anderson Silva, as he fought current UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, who took Silva’s belt in July with a stunning 2nd round knockout.
This fight was said answer questions about both fighters as well as the career of Silva who had 8 fights left on his contract.
Weidman wanted validation from the first bout. He wanted to prove that his upset win wasn’t a fluke and even though he was a betting underdog in this bout, it was his skill and talent that defeated Silva, not a lucky left hand.
Silva came out first which in itself was extremely strange to witness. He then kneeled down and said a lengthy prayer.
Weidman walked out to his UFC 162 song ‘Won’t Back Down’ by Tom Petty while draped in the American flag.
Round 1: Weidman shot in for an early takedown attempt to which Anderson was dropped momentarily. Silva walked up the cage back to his feet. Silva locked in a muay thai clinch on Weidman but Weidman rocked Silva and chased him to the ground. Weidman dropped bombs, many of which landed but Silva stayed in the fight. Weidman hung out on top of Silva, smothering him. Silva threw shots from his back but Weidman’s leverage made his shots much more powerful. Weidman received a cut on his nose but stayed on top for the entire round. Weidman postured up while Silva threatened with up-kicks to end the round.
Round 2: Silva was apprehensive in this round keeping his distance. Silva was fine to throw with Weidman until a leg kick from Silva landed on the inside of Weidman’s knee, causing Silva’s leg to break on the shin. Silva’s leg became rubber and bent around Weidman’s knee rendering him unable to continue.
Official Result: Chris Weidman defeats Anderson Silva via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 1:16 of Round 2.
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