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UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman talks about checking the kick that broke former titleholder Anderson Silva‘s leg in the UFC 168 main event, while UFC president Dana White reacts to the injury.
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True, checking a leg kick is not accidental. However, Weidman did not intentionally try to break Silva´s leg.
In this fight, Silva took Weidman seriously. He lost the first round and was winning the second until he broke his leg.
So it is safe to say Chris had a game plan to defend silvas kicks. And Silva should have changed his offensive attack. How can you take away the fact that Chris did his job once again?
Checking a kick or not…Weidman has fought Silva 2 times and in every round that went the distance Weidman has won and every round that has been stopped Weidman has won because of a knockout and now TKO. So lovers and haters, either way Weidman has been a clear winner. And I don’t see any need for the controversy that I am sure is yet to come.
Weidman did win twice, and deserves the praise, however neither wins convinces me that Weidman is the better fighter.
srsly? Weidman crushed Silva both 1st’s both fights.
But he didn’t though..
yes he did, re-watch the fights cuz you look like an idiot
Well the world is going to stop since YOU are not convinced. Keep hugging them nuts, he needs it more than ever, being hospitalized and all. Gotta love all the Silva sack lickers, nothing more to say than “im not convinced”.
It’s not the fact that people are licking Silva’s nuts, but the fact that Chris has yet to actually beat him using his skills.
Chris could have knockedchim out in the first round and you goat lickers would still have an excuse. Pathetic
Julian please stop. Go watch football or basketball because you dont know much about mma. Weidman dominated silva in both fights. Silva finally met his match against a great wrestler with decent stand up and good jitz. Silva had no answer how to beat weidman in either fight. Having an injury like that is not out of the ordinary in contact sports. Let go of silvas nutski’s and give weidman his due.
Chris dominated the first fight? Are you guys blind? Chris took him down in the first round and had a half ass leg lock locked in that Silva had no issues getting out of.
Anderson picked him apart in their first fight and didn’t get hit with shit until that sloppy punch he thew that KOed him.
yes but how many shots did anderson land in the first fight with weidman. a few good leg kicks was about it. he spent more time trying to make weidman look stupid dancing around, but still didnt manage to get his usual counter shots, weidman was reading him. weidman clearly won round 1 in that too. i wouldnt say it was a domination but he was winning the fight. there are no points awarded for ducking a punch as stylish as it looks
Weidman landed 16 out of 43 sig strikes (37%) to Andersons 14 of 24 (58%) And to be honest, most of those shots that Chris landed were because Anderson sat there with his arms down and allowed him to.
yes but you say anderson picked him apart. hitting anderson with his hands down is not an easy task or he would have been defeated years ago. weidman still landed more shots and while he clearly missed more, you would not expect to land a high percentage of shots against anderson, not standing anyway- he is excellant at bobbing and weaving, but andersons game plan of countering with devasting blows didnt happen. he landed next to nothing up top, had sucess with a few leg kicks which chris addressed for the second fight.
Watch the fight again. He was popping Silva the whole first round and you watched him get knocked out inthe second. As for the rematch, he actually knocked him out. He woke up when he hit the canvas. In his prime and chris in his prime . I’d bet on Silva . But that’s not the case.Silva said if ” god ” wanted him to win he would. Well god must not want him to fight anymore.
No I am not blind. I watched the first fight and have been watching fights for years. Anderson did NOTHING to Chris besides a few leg kicks. I saw how ANderson was getting frustrated because Chris wasnt falling for his baiting. And it wasnt a lucky hit.
You Silva nuthuggers will never give Weidman credit. Weidman put Silva to sleep in the fist fight and almost KO’d him in the second. Silva was out on his feet if you didnt notice….or are you blind?! THen Anderson threw a leg kick that was checked and broke. Thats MMA. Thats competition.
Go watch the Munoz fight. Go watch when he dropped 20lbs in 13 days to fight Maia. Then comeback after watching both Silva fights. Then you know what……. Don’t comeback…we don’t need anymore clueless remarks out of nuthugger!!!
‘”We” as the plural I?
At no point and time was Silva winning the 2nd round.
I agree, Silva never won any part of that fght.
He never won any part of EITHER fight.
I feel that neither fighter had an opportunity to set themselves apart when the fight ended. That being said Weidman broke Silva’s leg, with a well place check. So Weidman convincingly won that fight.
Did you see the first round??
you’re trolling right? Weidman beat Silva’s ass in rd 1 and was on the same path in rd 2. Weidman was engaged in a pugilistic competition, then Anderson lost. the competitors don’t enter the octagon to babysit each other…
Idk man, seems to me like Wiedman started bleeding from the top? Shit son…
Respect due…he dropped silva and took it to him before the break. Hate to see it end like that but chargeb it to the game
So did Chael Sonnen and he still lost going down the road…. But of then again, Silva didn’t break his leg.
What are you saying? Either way Sonnen quits in every title fight he’s ever been in dating back to his first in WEC, so let’s not compare that fraud to a champion
man these guys ask some stupid questions
So…..no RJJ boxing match???
Actually, that will probably be the most realistic fight for Anderson after his recuperation. No kicks necessary in boxing.
It’s just one of those things….
Good to finally see most silva nuthuggers giving props to weidman. In the first fight anderson had no answer on how to beat weidman because weidman dominated the ground and wasnt falling for silvas “bait you in” tactics. Chris was patient and silva didnt like it. Usually people get baited in and ko’d.
Weidman is going to beat vitor too and i am a big vitor fan. Weidman is a patient fighter with great skills.
the question will be how? he just took out the greatest striker in the world, but vitor is a different threat. could see him going with a jon jones plan and looking for the sub.
I think… I THINK, it was really sad that in this fight “luck” was actually a factor. Had Anderson tried fighting with the seriousness of this second fight the first time, I don’t think Wiedman would be anywhere near top 5 today. Wiedman just isn’t a champion fighter, he brings nothing but discipline to the octagon, which don’t get me wrong, it is probably the most important thing in this sport, just not the whole bundle to be a champion. Vitor Belfort, Ronaldo Souza, Lyoto Machida, Luke Rockhold and Mark Munoz are questionable better fighter than Weidman where you could not say the same if comparing them to Anderson.
yeah right he luckily beat silvas ass for every second of both fights lol
ridiculous- just because weidman isnt as flashy of a striker you think he isnt a top fighter. he has world class wrestling, world class bjj, KO power, clearly intelligent game plans and he is very good at avoiding punches, brilliant at it infact- look how many punches anderson landed on him in either fight. and he is just young enough to be around for another 6 or 7 years
Ok, somehow I choose to wait for him to defend his belt against 2-3 other top contenders before I take him as a champion.
Really? Is that why Weidman dominated the first round in the first fight then Anderson couldnt really get anything going in the second? Anderson was frustrated because he couldnt figure out Weidman. Chris was being patient where others werent.
Weidman isnt a Champion? Thanks for proving you know nothing about MMA when Weidman dominated in both fights. Munoz and those guys are better fighters? Weidman KO’d and beat Munoz into the ground. Again….you know nothing about fighting.
Weidman is a Champion and proved it twice with Silva. And if you havent noticed Weidman KO’d Munoz. Rockhold wont have a chance against Weidman and Machida will run like usual. Ronald Souza might be the only one out of them that has a chance.
A very sad Silva nuthugger. Move along son. You look pretty stupid
will be a good fight. Vitor is deadly fast with his hands and has power so it’s a toss up. i think the odds will be similar to this fight -150 vs -160
Silva got destroyed in the first round!
Leg checks are defensive moves.
AS broke his leg kicking CW.
CW did not break AS’s leg.
AS broke his leg kicking CW.
Wait, can you repeat that again? I’m not quite sure I understand the obvious thing you are trying to explain.
The best offense is good defense.
WOW!!!! weidman beat the calcium out of silva!!!! Weidman is the goat slayer. Years ago it was his plan to beat silva and he has accomplished this twice.
I am a huge Silva fan and I hate to say it, but Chris Weidman did dominate in both fights. No delusions there. But let’s not forget that Weidman is almost a decade younger and is hitting his peak physically while Anderson Silva is already past his prime. With that said Weidman was the better fighter both times. So for all the silva haters and Weidman nuthuggers: Silva is STILL the GOAT. His career speaks for itself and like chuck, cotour and all the greats, this sport chews you up and spits you out when you get too old for the game and you go out on your shield. Can weidman go on a 7 year tear? That’s still to be seen but I doubt it. Vitor is knocking.. The division is deep. Regardless Silva is an exceptional fighter and commands respect. I wish him a speedy recovery and am honored to have seen his fights in the UFC the past seven years.
Lets not pretend that Silva was all that great either. He faced some really shitty opponents, and he was an arrogant a**hole who many times played with and disrespected his opponent, he was hypocritical, loved to play mind games and ducked many potential opponents. Karma is a bitch. I’m not celebrating that he broke his leg, but just because that happened it doesn’t mean I’ll sing his praises and pretend he was a classy champ . He wasn’t.
Wow. This might be the all time worst hater comment I’ve ever seen. Good luck with your bitter, hateful life.
I love goat meat!!!!
Well yeah, Silva broke his leg throwing a kick that Weidman checked, but lets not act like broken legs happen every time a kick is checked.
This was a freak accident any way you look at it. There’s really no other way around it. Sorry Chris, you deserve respect for winning the fight, but unfortunately, yes; you won by way of a freak accident. Not your fault at all, and you have nothing to feel bad about, but it is what it is.
Yea it was a freak accident. So was Anderson’s knock out of Vitor. I mean that ALMOST NEVER HAPPENS when you kick a guy like that. That is what people thought back then, and people still suck at checking kicks today.
What im saying is, I can understand if Anderson slipped and fell to break his leg. 100% freak accident yes. When a guy is kicking you full force and you try to make him kick your knee so he hurts himself ….. eeeeh not so much. Weidman can take all the credit for that. He meant to hurt Anderson by checking the kick.
If he just “hurt” him like you said, I would agree. But Silva’s leg snapped in half FFS. You can count on one hand how many times that has happened in pro MMA, and leg kicks are checked in nearly every single fight. That’s the very definition of freak accident. Like I said, Weidman deserves credit for doing what he was supposed to do, but lets not pretend this injury is a normal, every day occurrence that happens all the time.
Lets not forget that Chris did not check the same kick once, but twice! He felt how hard he was throwing them. He wanted Anderson to stop throwing that kick. Joe Rogan even said that his trainer was complaining that he needed to check kicks better the first fight. So its not like Weidman got lucky then went YEA THAT WAS TOTALLY INTENTIONAL! THATS ALL WE TRAINED FOR! when all along he was just training wrestling. He was hurting people in his camp using those checks. They had a special name for them FFS! I never said people don’t check kicks, I said people SUCK at checking them when they do! Much like i said above, most people didn’t train the Anderson front kick of Vitor because you could count how many people it knocked out in 1 hand. He did trained and did it properly. Im saying you will see more people knee check people who throw HARD leg kicks because of Weidman. Much like you see front kicks now because of Anderson.
If a camp trains a fighter to use a specific punch to set up a knock out punch, how can you say it was a freak accident when the set up punch knocks the guy out. What happened here is Weidman played poker trying to win $1000 but got 1 million in a hand because the other guy threw all his chips in. He didn’t just stumble onto one million, he played the game. No accident.
I never said Silva hurting himself on a checked leg kick would’ve been an accident, nor was it accidental that Weidman checked it correctly and effectively. I’m not even saying Weidman didn’t put that into his game plan during camp. I’m simply saying the fact that Silva’s leg snapped in half is the freak accident. I don’t really even know how anyone could seriously try to argue against that. You’re right on everything you’re saying, but it doesn’t change the fact that this was a very flukey injury, and nowhere near typical. It is in fact an accidental injury that is rare in nature. Freak accident.
Just like an armbar is a technique designed to damage and possibly break your opponents arm, so is Weidman’s knee check. By your argument if someone breaks their arm in an armbar, it is a freak accident.
Stop making sense please. I’m trying to avoid uncomfortable realities.
Bad comparison…Anderson lost the fight executing an offensive technique whereas he beat Belfort using offensive technique.
I’m not drinking your Kool-Aide. The win was no fluke, neither was the broken leg.
I know you silva fans are not real bright but come on silva was crumbled with a right hand in the clinch if you think chris is just lucky your a moron lol This kid manhandled silva and a serious silva too lol it dont matter if silva is serious he just got his ass beat by chris 2 times now.
Who said Weidman was lucky? And who is claiming that Silva wasn’t losing the fight prior to breaking his leg?
Nice try troll, but you’re way off the mark on this one.
scroll down douche bag all these anderson fans keep saying chris got lucky again, maybe you cant read or maybe your the troll.
LOL illiterate little queer
I think you misunderstood the point that person was making, but since I can’t read, I actually have no idea what I’m talking about, so who knows?
you’re* (since we’re on the topic of being illiterate).
The real troll. Nothing interesting to say moron?? You got a go round pointing out grammar mistakes?? Ur tha reel troll bezotch!!!
Everybody was saying it after the first fight sfbs. Don’t join the conversation without knowing the facts TROLL. Every discussion thread I’ve seen was saying those dumb excuses. Weidman dominated AGAIN!!!
It’s funny how you tell other people that they “are not real bright”, yet you don’t even know how to use punctuation. You’re actually the moron, but as far as your point goes, I agree.
You sir ,are missing a comma.
You, sir, are missing a comma too.
Weidman trying to justify his win , ufc now has a problem having chris The Bore Wiedman as chumpion , they jave to feed him exiciting opponents such as vitor to help sell tickets , Weidman might be the first champion not to headline a bout
just saying last night there was a title fight as the co main event so thats already happened a few times already. Mighty Mouse vs John Dobson was always a co main event
The Bore Weidman? The Bore that knocked out the best stand up fighter, hell, the best fighter ever in the UFC? He did to Silva what no other fighter could ever capitalize on in the 1st fight. 2nd fight he had a flash knock out and beat him silly on the ground in the 1st round. Then broke the dudes leg on a leg check. No such thing as a lucky punch. No such thing as a lucky leg check. Just don’t see anything boring about a guy that destroyed the best fighter in the world not once but twice. Before all you giner blood farts come on here and flame away at me, no, I don’t think he meant to break his leg. But he checked the kick that did break his leg. Be WAY different if Silva threw a kick anywhere on his body and broke his leg. But that’s not what happened. He threw a kick and Chris checked it. Nothing boring about Weidman. Passing of the torch is all.
Is there a moron factory just outside the virtual gates of MMA Weekly?
There’s actually two.
Weidman put Silva to sleep the first time and then again in the first round Silva was clearly rocked and crumpled. If Silva was Lucky, that fight should have been stopped during the G&P…it would have saved him a year and a half recovering from that broken leg.
Weidman just took notes from all those that fought Silva before. Sonnen very likely would have won their first match had he not relaxed and got caught. He used the same game plan…come at Silva don’t hang back. Change levels, clinch, grapple, put Silva on his back.
First fight, everyone was like ah he was clowning that doesn’t count as a real win for Weidman.
B.S…You play with fire, sooner or later you will get burned and man did he get burned on the biggest fight stage. His KO will be replayed for generations. 20yrs from now when UFC does another documentary that is going to be played, everytime Weidman fights that KO will be shown. Everytime Silva’s is mentioned, that KO will be talked about.
Weidman goes down as the guy who put silva to sleep and who broke silva’s leg.
Superman has his Kryptonite and his name is Weidman! Deal with it!
Bore? Weidman is a finisher, ask silva.
How did you type this entry while hugging Silva’s nuts so tightly?
Yep, Weidman days are numbered. If vitor doesn’t stop him, machida will. This guy is tailor made for machida.
Broken legs have happened a number of times in K-1 fights and a leg brocken by a leg check.is not an accidenta break.
Weidmans expression says it all , even he was not convinced by the way he won, his team just concocted some new reason and made his leg check an offensive technique just so he had something to say , first time i heard that he specifically used the leg check to break silva leg cmon thats bs , if it was like that then we would have many leg breaks all the time , cant shake that empty feeling huh chris?
Silva got MURDERED the first fight and was lucky enough to escape with just a broken leg after the 1st round flash knock out. Give Weidman some credit. Or don’t. Either way, Weidman 2 Silva 0.
You know…I hated finding out there was no Santa Claus too…it hurts, you feel betrayed…but eventually you will heal and move on…and grow up. Good luck to you in your spiritual journey…you will eventually accept that Silva lost and be a better person for it.
You have a lot to learn about MMA.
You’re an idiot
Silva got destroyed by Chris Weidman even before the leg-breaking leg check. He was already beating the tar out of Anderson Silva. If Weidman’s opponents want to test their kicking legs against Chris and his leg checks be my guest. However there is nothing accidental about the win. It is not like Chris dodged and Silva kicked the steel post of the octagon instead or something. Silva was throwing a bone breaking kick and his bones got the worst of the exchange.
I don’t know who would call this accidental in the first place. Nobody can really argue it was an accident. They both signed contracts agreeing to fight one another, Anderson meant to kick Weidman and he meant to check that kick and succeeded. So, it wasn’t an accident. Fighters throw punches and the other tries to move out of the way or block it. Kicks get checked or blocked. If they make it through they can still do damage to the one throwing. Broken hands are very common injuries, not accidents. What happened to Anderson was an injury not an accident. It was a really horrific injury and when you consider the number of leg kicks thrown (and checked) in the UFC since inception and the number of times this has occurred it seems safe to assume people could agree it’s a rare occurrence. I think Weidman should get all the credit for checking the kick and he was winning the fight up to that point for sure so you can’t take anything away from him. I, for one, would still like to know how it would have gone down if this freak injury hadn’t occurred though. Anderson may have got rocked in the first but he jumped up quickly at the end and seemed to have recovered well. Just because he lost the first round doesn’t guarantee he would have lost the fight. He proved that in the 1st Sonnen fight. Weidman fans can be relieved and happy he won but I still don’t think these incomplete 2 rounds prove without a doubt who the best fighter is. If Chris Weidman was the first guy to ever be able to check an Anderson Silva kick then this would be significant but it’s not other than it’s really bad luck for Silva and I wouldn’t wish this type of injury on any fighter.
When you kick as hard as Silva does in a fight situation, I think a broken leg is a far more realistic and likely outcome than one might initially think. In addition, like we’ve grown to see front kick KO’s since Silva KO’d Belfort, I think we may see one of two things after this fight: a reticence to use inside leg kicks in the UFC, or an increase in kick checks and broken legs. Either way, credit to Weidman for entering with a creative fight plan.
It was no fluke
Still, Weidman never meant to break Silva’s leg, just as Silva didn’t force his leg to break. While Weidman checked Silva’s kick and succeeded, most of the time, it just really discourages the opponent from doing leg kicks
Its considered an accident because in muay thai you check a kick with your shin. In this case weidman checked it with his knee. Which in many muay thai circles is considered a dirty move. Its legal but its considered a disrespectful move because of what can happen. Weidman won which is awesome but we dont know if he meant to check it with his knee or shin. I think thats why ppl are considering it an accident. Either way weidman won and with him blasting silve unconcious in the first it was just a matter of time he would win anyway.
silva can not handle weidman’s power., chris is tomuch for the spider period…his a greater fighter than silva chris proved it twice period..
Your fullstops don’t matter. Silva still has the longest fight winning streaks in the UFC. Uh, period?
Of course Silva still has the better legacy, but his time is up, and Chris is better than him now.
Like my buddy said after this fight, GSP is looking like the smartest champ in the room.
Here’s something that I think is interesting.
Weidman vs Silva 1 – Weidman KO’d Silva @ 1:18 of the 2nd round.
Weidman vs Silva 2 – Weidman gets TKO win @ 1:16 of the 2nd round
Beat Silva 2 seconds sooner than last time.
Credit to himself of course! What was he supposed to say?
Although you can’t say it’s accidental, but when it happens once in a hundred years you can say that little bit of lucky circumstances led to that. An Unfortunate TKO imo. Anyway, congrats to Chris.
After the dust had settled in the ring, there was still only one question to be answered. Could Matt Serra make 205lbs for his next fight?
Dana called the leg break an accident, and while Weidman did not intentionally break Silva’s leg, I don’t think this event was as unlikely as Dana said when he said “one in a million” at the post fight presser. When you kick as hard as Silva does in a fight situation, I think a broken leg is a far more realistic and likely outcome than one might initially think. In addition, like we’ve grown to see front kick KO’s since Silva KO’d Belfort, I think we may see one of two things after this fight: a reticence to use inside leg kicks in the UFC, or an increase in kick checks and broken legs. Either way, credit to Weidman for entering with a creative fight plan.
I don’t think so…look at a 1000 muay thai fights and count broken legs by checking leg kicks…Chris is only trying to make his win beliveable by claiming that he trained that “move”, it’s silly.
Man this thread got boring real quick. They should have separate threads on here where grown ups can discuss the outcome, a world where you can praise Silva for something without being called a nuthugger or where you can acknowledge weidman’s victory without being labelled a troll.
Im with you man.
All this jibber-jawing about a guy that kept the title due to an intangible leg injury…and will likely hold the MW belt no more than 1, MAYBE 2 fights???
Weidman is a good, well rounded fighter but I have seen NOTHING in any of his fights that suggest he is going to be the successor of Silva’s 6+ year run of greatness.
Because you’re the psychic hotline for MMA fights? That’s what happens when fighters make Fangirls like you butt hurt over their idol’s loss.
You call me “butthurt” and a “fangirl” while you make a fake profile in an attempt to insult me?
You Weidman fans need a definite reality check! The guy is top 10 but not his striking is average at best. He doesn’t have what it takes to hold the title fot very long and that belt will be bouncing around for a while. Maybe Machida might be the only one capable of holding onto it if he stays at middleweight.
Stupid little touch screen keyboard…typos…lol!
He out struck silva….again, and has never been out struck. He is the best striker in the division, as no one else has out struck silva. Get over your hero being destroyed twice .
He was out struck by Chael idiot.
Give Chris time and he’ll prove himself fangirl
Not really seeing how Silva got “murdered” the first fight. He goofed around with his hands down and got clocked. No one can sit there and say he wasn’t inside Weidman’s head that first fight. That’s all apart of Anderson’s game. As for the second fight, Joe Rogan brought up a good point, Silva has started a lot of fights on his back. Yes, he didn’t do enough to win the round, but I wouldn’t say he was being completely dominated. He was getting some good shots in from the bottom. It is totally unfortunate what happened to Silva, and is also unfortunate that we will never know how the second fight would have went without the injury, but either way, Weidman won both fights fair and square. He completely deserves to be champion. I’m a huge Anderson Silva fan and I can even admit that.
Too bad both fights didn’t have believable wins.
You are getting hit in the head too much Cigano. Weidman won….end of story. Ko’d Silva in fight 1 and almost took him out in fight 2.
Is Weidman Comedian Norm McDonald’s son?
Silva was 38 years old and showed it and lost. Go away.
No need for disrespect. This whole fight exhibited good sportsmanship. No one wants to read comments from the peanut gallery!!
think what Jon Jones would do to Silva?
Regardless, Chris is feeling like he still has not beat Silva in a way that fans are not going to doubt whether he is the true champ or not. The first fight is a fluke from a knock out and second fluke broken leg. In many minds Sonnen is the only person that has completely dominated Silva. I think Chris needed to win a war to have been considered the guy that took out the greatest MMA fighter of all times. Not some “fluke” incidents. Congrats Chris-Get better Silva.
Weidman dominated silva. Stood with him, clenched with him, took him down, owned him. There is no doubt that while silva is a great and legendary fighter, Weidman has his number.
I still don’t understand where people are getting that he was “dominated” Dominated was Brock Lesnar in the first round against Shane Carwin. Dominated is what Grey did to Frankie in the first round in their last fights.
Chris didn’t dominate shit. He landed 2 more significant strikes than Silva, landed 1 out of THREE takedowns. Get your facts straight.
Chris weidman the boring flop champ of 185 division lol.
His trainer lago needs to loose some weight, looks like he ownes a few delicatessen in long island .
You’re a douchebag
Thanks for the info dumb racist inbred guy.
I prefer to read that as, “Silva got his butt kicked” and then flag your stupid a$$ for being an idiot.
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