Clowning ‘Spider’ has lights turned out in epic upset 0
Who saw that coming? UFC 162 from Las Vegas, Nev. saw an upset of epic proportions when Chris Weidman (10-0) knocked out Anderson “Spider” Silva (33-5) to become the new UFC middleweight champion. Not since the “Red Wedding” scene in the third season of Game of Thrones have I been more shocked and bewildered.
Silva, who has been known to taunt, showboat and dance, finally got caught. The “Spider” should have ducked when he weaved because Weidman’s answer to the dance off was a crushing left hand, followed by a flurry of punches to a downed Silva that forced referee Herb Dean to call the fight 78 seconds into the second round.
Is it the end of an era? Silva had mentioned before that the only person who could beat him was his clone, so maybe it’s fitting to say that it was indeed Silva who ultimately beat Silva. Don’t get me wrong, Weidman is a deserving champion and did a great job of not allowing Silva’s clowning around get into his head. "I was ready for it," the new champion said. "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." Fair or not, many will look at Silva’s mental miscues as the footnote to Weidman’s victory.
This sets the stage for a lucrative rematch, right? After the fight Silva blew off the idea of an instant rematch, but UFC president Dana White thinks all the former champ needs is time. "Anderson Silva needs to go home, hang out with his family, take a week or two to shake this thing off," White said during Saturday's post-fight press conference. "There are times when guys will win a fight, and they don't want to talk for three weeks. It's really part of the process, it really is, and especially a big night like tonight. And when you lose the way that he lost, there's a process for this."
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