The reign of Anderson Silva is finally over. While the ending to UFC 168’s main event was not ideal its result sent waves throughout the fight world. In addition to learning that Chris Weidman is the legitimate kingpin of the middleweight division we also learned many other things throughout the card. Here are the top three things we learned at UFC 168:
1. There Has Been a Changing of the Guard
Chris Weidman defeating Anderson Silva for a second straight time was a significant change for the middleweight division but there were plenty of fighters of eras past that were unable to find success at UFC 168.
On the preliminary card, Ultimate Fighter Season 1’s Chris Leben was left questioning his fighting spirit after being dominated by Season 17’s Uriah Hall. On the main card, 17-year fight veteran Josh Barnett looked slow and overmatched before being knocked out in one minute by Travis Browne who has only been training in mixed martial arts for five years. And of course the main event. Chris Weidman dominated the former No. 1 pound for pound fighter the entire duration of the fight before putting Silva away with a perfect check of a leg kick. After UFC 168 one thing is certain, fighters of yesteryear are going to have a tough time against the new breed of MMA fighter.
2. WMMA Will Make the UFC a Ton of Cash
Remember the time when so many fight fans were calling for Dana White’s head when he introduced a Women’s division into the UFC? WMMA will likely lead the UFC to a very bright future. The MGM Grand Garden Arena was rocking for the main event between Weidman and Silva, but the reaction to Rousey and Tate’s fight was just as loud if not louder than the main event. After the fight Rousey made a full villian turn and was booed louder than any fighter this side of Michael Bisping. Fans will tune in to every Rousey fight from now on just in hopes of seeing her lose. Tate on the other hand become a superstar during this season’s Ultimate Fighter and can only go up from here. UFC 170, headlined by Ronda Rousey and Sara McMann, will likely be one of the highest pay-per-view buy rates of 2014.
3. We Have Most Likely Lost the Greatest Fighter of All Time
There were doubts that Anderson Silva would continue fighting if he lost to Weidman for a second time but losing in the fashion that he did makes it very hard to find a way we see “The Spider” back inside the cage. Even though the doctors have given Silva a three to six month window of recovery it’s hard to see Silva risking another injury like that for a paycheck he probably doesn’t need. It’s a sad reality to realize we may never see someone “enter the matrix” quite like Silva did but the middleweight division is in good hands with Chris Weidman.