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UFC 168 Results: Chris Weidman Wins; Anderson Silva Suffers Career-Threatening Injury

Posted on by Ken Pishna

Chris Weidman at UFC on Fuel 4Chris Weidman came into Saturday night’s UFC 168 main event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas looking to put a stamp on the middleweight championship. Anderson Silva entered the rematch hell bent on regaining his reign as the greatest UFC middleweight champion of all time.

In the end, Weidman retained his title, while Silva may be headed into retirement in a fashion no one could have expected.

Weidman opened aggressively, taking the fight to Silva and putting him on the mat early. Silva quickly regained his footing, clinched with Weidman, but got hit hard and then fell to the mat again.

Weidman grounded and pounded Silva throughout the remainder of the round, but despite landing several heavy elbows, he couldn’t put Silva away.

Silva opened the second stanza in a much more aggressive fashion, coming after Weidman, landing an inside leg kick and right hook. It soon became obvious that the plan for Silva was to start kicking more, which he did.

Weidman landed a kick to the body, and Silva fired back, hard, only to have Weidman check the kick. As Weidman checked the kick, Silva’s shin snapped, wrapping grotesquely around the champion’s leg.

Anderson Silva’s lower leg bone snapped in half and the former champion fell to the mat in agony, the referee immediately stepping in and stopping the fight.

It wasn’t the way that Weidman wanted to win. It surely wasn’t the way that Silva wanted to falter.

“No matter what happened in this fight, he’s still noticed as the greatest of all time. God bless Anderson Silva,” Weidman humbly commented after the fight.

Weidman got kicked several times in their first fight and worked tirelessly on defending Silva’s crippling leg kicks in preparations for the rematch, knowing that it could work to his advantage, although he couldn’t have foreseen such a tragic end.

“That was the number one thing I got hit with in the first fight,” he said of Silva’s kicks. “I worked on checking them a lot. I knew if he kept kicking, I could hurt him. It’s still crazy how that happened.”

Coming into the UFC 168 main event, Weidman felt he had to win to earn the right to truly call himself a champion. It may not have been the way that anyone wanted him to win, but in the end, Weidman was the victor, position himself solidly as the UFC middleweight champion of the world, while we’re left to wonder if even the great Anderson Silva can return from such a horrific injury.

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  • Kryptonitekid

    If this is the end for Anderson, I just want to say Thank you for everything. You have nothing else to prove.

    • Baller31

      He’s the greatest in history, and what a horrible way to go out

      • Dick Gracie

        He beat a bunch of nobodies and past their prime guys. Once he got Sonnen, who whooped his ass for 4 and 1/2 rounds and Weidman he got shown he isn’t as mighty as he thinks and as the UFC makes him out to be.

      • Dick Gracie

        He beat a bunch of nobodies and past their prime guys. Once he got Sonnen, who whooped his @$$ for 4 and 1/2 rounds and Weidman he got shown he isn’t as mighty as he thinks and as the UFC makes him out to be

      • Dick Gracie

        He beat a bunch of nobodies and past their prime guys. Once he got Sonnen, who whooped him for 4 and 1/2 rounds and Weidman he got shown he isn’t as mighty as he thinks and as the UFC makes him out to be

      • anderson silva the best

        chris weidman just got lucky in both the fights.I think he has been praying for months as a result anderson broke his leg.To prove that he shows his gratitude towards jesus at the end.Anderson silva is the best he would have probably kicked chris a**

        • some dude

          Just like in their first fight.

          • MMA

            Anderson wasn’t fighting, he was playing with Weidman, so I don’t think we could take this as an example. His lack of humility made him lose the first fight.
            But it’s also true that Weidman dominated the first round, maybe he would have won the fight anyway. It’s hard to say cause AS is a genius, he had found himself in worse situation against Sonnen (not saying you can compare him to Weidman), for example, and managed to turnaround the fight anyway.

    • Tom Nants

      Cocky ass mutherfu*ker deserved to get shut up honestly…I have enjoyed literally TWO of his fights. Every other fight he has annoyed or sickened me. Maybe because I’m not an arrogant punk or brazillian.

      • dgs

        Anderson Silva is one of the greatest champions the sport has ever seen. He has a legacy that will be remembered as long as MMA is still a sport (and beyond I’m sure), and his record will be the one every pro fighter now tries to match (or beat).

        You on the other hand are a nobody who no one will remember for anything, other than your idiotic post/s on an MMA message board.

        • Sicywill

          Or probably because you just simply do not understand the sport

  • Matte

    Man… that was unreal. Feel really sorry for Silva. :(

  • Griff

    Tough to come back from that at 38, probably the last we see of Silva.

  • DannyFresh

    I still don’t give Weidman the respect…He won on luck again

    • canada mike eh!

      checking a kick properly is called defense

    • onegoodnathan

      you were asleep during round 1?

    • LOGICWINS

      He TKOd him the first time and crippled him the second time. I hope your being sarcastic. Weidman is just a better fighter. Why is it hard for people to accept that?

      • uncle

        Better game plan yes, Not better fighter
        Silva is a legend

        • LOGICWINS

          And Weidman beat the legend..twice. Therefore he is better.

          • Daniel

            sure and douglas is better than mike tyson. come on…

          • some dude

            that night douglas was. he did KO Tyson.

          • unle

            when he defends the belt longer then Silva did, then he would be better in my eyes

          • some dude

            I’m sure that means the world to him.

      • TCjr

        Here is another idiot, i bet you also believe GSP won Hendricks

    • jemartinez986

      speaking of respect, why do they keep calling him the undisputed champion? when he won the title, he did KOed silva, but not everybody was convinced the win was merited, and now the way this fight ended. imo he should have a few more fights against more elite fighters and dominate to be considered undisputed…

      • Spoon

        are you people f***ing retarded? He knocked the f***** out while he was clowning him in the ring, and then knocked his ass out in the first round of the rematch, only for silva to get lucky enough to recover and then checked his patented kick, which cost him his leg and you wonder why they call him undisputed? Get off Silva’s d***.

        • jemartinez986

          never been on it.
          has an undefeated record, nobody can take that away from him. but what you dont seem to grasp, is that there are still more challengers that he has to face and retain the title. silva and st. pierre pretty much went through the whole roster and beat em all one after another. except for silva who lost to wiedman 2x, and st. pierre who had a complicated fight with hendricks.

          • some dude

            Silva didn’t fight: Rashad, Mousasi, Machida, Munoz, Uriah Hall. The Middle Weight division has changed dramatically. The roster has changed, into a deeper talent pool. Get me?

        • Daniel

          Yes he could lucky once, got lucky twice, so what? About the first round, if you dont know how MMA is like stop taking, I cant count the matches I’ve seen where the winner of the first, second, even all of the rounds gets his butt kicked in the end. Go sleep kido, and watch that mouth of yours.

      • Spoon

        You’re an idiot. See above reason.

        • jemartinez986

          thumbs up to your awsome argument..

          • some dude

            I think Silva was convinced after he woke up and his corner told him he was KO’ed.
            To me that’s pretty convincing that you lost.

      • some dude

        Because he knocked Silva out, is my guess. Last I checked that is one way to win a fight.

        • jemartinez986

          im not saying he didnt kocked silva out, he did and therefore he is the champion. but everybody is calling him the undisputed champion. he is still young and can work his way to being the undisputed mw champ. its just there are still other fighters he has to go through to earn that moniker. st. pierre and silva earned it because there was no one that could get in the ring and defeat them, until silva got KOed by weidman and hendricks really gave st pierre a run for his money.

          • some dude

            thats is what it means when you knock out the champ and take his belt. So if he can already beat the champ, what sense does it make to fight more ranked fighters, after you have beaten the champ? That does make you the undisputed champ.

          • jemartinez986

            in your terms, since wiedman beat the champ 2x, he should just retire since there is no reason to fight the others?
            being an mma for a good while, i would want weidman to defend his belt and show his full potential and go through all the other fighters that are in the div. because the man, has skill, and he damn sure has the dedication to study opponents and work on ways to negate whatever go to moves the other fighters might have… but thats just me talking.

          • some dude

            no in my terms he doesn’t need to beat anyone but the current champ to be called the undisputed. Pretty clear point.

          • jemartinez986

            undisputed – generally agreed upon; not subject to dispute; “the undisputed fact”
            unchallenged, unquestioned
            noncontroversial, uncontroversial – not likely to arouse controversy

            the end result of the fights is not questioned, weidman won both because silva couldnt get back up and fight, f1, KOed, f2. broken leg, what is somewhat questioned is the way the fights ended, especially the first one.

          • some dude

            And as far as the UFC is concerned he is undisputed. As far as you (which your opinion don’t matter) he is not. See the difference. You are not in charge of fighter ranking or anything. Your just an asshole with an opinion.

          • some dude

            And as far as the UFC is concerned he is undisputed. As far as you (which your opinion don’t matter) he is not. See the difference. You are not in charge of fighter ranking or anything. Your just an anus with an opinion.

          • jemartinez986

            arent we all?!!!…

          • some dude

            now you get it.

          • jemartinez986

            finally right?.
            nobody is knocking on weidman for the wins, at least im not. but by the logic of some people, because he beat silva they feel like he has nothing else to prove. maybe he does, maybe he doesnt. but just think about the future matches out there for him, and for us to enjoy. belfort, machida, munoz, r. evans, and many more fights that could be reasonably great exciting fights given the skill and heart of the fighters involved.

          • some dude

            But to doubt the validity of his wins, is knocking weidman.

            Watch the first fight again, and pay attention to how weidman set up his left hook, by throwing a right backhand to move Silva off balance, and tell me that was a fluke. Silva pulled the same stunt (rope a dope) with other fighters and got away with it.

            And also watch Weidman vs Munoz again. Weidman countered a overhand right that Munoz threw, by stepping into Munoz and countering with a perfectly placed elbow, which ended the fight. He did also slip the punch after landing said elbow.

            Weidman is a very skilled and underrated fighter. He has very subtle technique.

          • some dude

            What is to question he punched Silva in the face and knocked him out?

        • DLOCKS

          i wouldn’t have pride in those wins

          • some dude

            thats good, I dont think you have to worry about it.

        • J tim

          I bet you’re one of those idiots that believe GSP beat Hendricks as well and i agree no glory with either win

          • some dude

            no.

    • Chris Morgan

      Did you actually watch the fight? No luck was required for Weidman. Before the checked kick/leg break, Weidman was winning the fight no doubt. Anderson failed to stop the takedown and wasn’t able to do anything significant with his striking. The fight was starting to look similar to Anderson’s first fight with Chael.

      • SlickyWill154

        Sonnen was winning for 4 and a half rounds and still lost in the the first fight and Sonnen took him down in the second and lost that one too…not impressed, i don’t think Weidman will pass Belfort anyways

        • Denny Swain

          Think??????

        • Chris Morgan

          It still doesn’t change the fact that Anderson had no response to what Chael was doing for 4.5 rounds. The only reason Anderson won that first fight is because Chael made the mistake of giving up his arm for the triangle.
          Chael laid out the blueprint for how to beat Silva and Chris made the adjustments he needed to make it work to his advantage.

    • Darin

      Both of Silva’s wins on Sonnen were flukey, so what? Silva had two chances to beat Weidman and failed. By the way, did you see the first round where Weidman nearly KOd Silva again? The fight was all Weidman before Silva’s leg snapped.

      • Collideoverme

        I wouldn’t say Silva got a flukey win over Sonnen. I am a huge Sonnen fan, but he got caught in a triangle. Plain and simple. The second fight, Sonnen got cocky and sloppy with that stupid spinning back fist. Went downhill from there. Weidman just fought smarter like Sonnen should have.

    • Spoon

      Right because knocking a guy out who didn’t respect you enough to take you seriously as a fighter the first time and knocking him out again in the rematch, that Silva got lucky enough to get a pass on and getting his leg checked in a kick Silva was known for using, resulting in his leg being shattered at 38 years old was a fluke. You’re an idiot.

    • some dude

      First fight Weidman KO’s Silva and people call it a fluke win. Regardless of the fact, Weidman was winning the fight from the start.

      Second Fight Weidman KO’s Silva to get out of the clinch, where technically the fight should have been stopped. And again is winning the fight from the beginning to the end, where Silva breaks his leg after Weidman checks his kick.

      How can you not call Weidman the undisputed champion, when he was winning both fights and 1 of which he knocked out Silva?

      • Daniel

        Nobody said he did not win, he did but not in a convincent way, first match he landed a lucky blow, he won, fine. Second match Silva bloke his leg,it happens, fine. But as sure as he is the champion, he is not at all undisputed. Talk to me in five years or so.

        • some dude

          Lucky blow? SIlv had 2 options;
          First lose his balance and fall on his ass.
          Second get KO’ed by a well placed punch by Weidman.
          This is not convincing how?

        • onegoodnathan

          ha. so using your logic all the opponents of AS that he KO’d while they were in his range was lucky. Chris dominated the 6min in the octagon last night. also your ’5 years or so’ is a pathetic straw man and deserves no reply. why can’t we congrat Chris, be hyped that the MW is crazy right now, and wish the legend Anderson Silva a healthy recovery.

    • WillyJohn

      i agree

    • PEPE 25

      I wouldn’t take pride in any of those fights…lucky guy for the second time, he should play the lotto

      • DLOCKS

        I agree no glory in those wins

    • Denny Swain

      Weidman couldn’t care less! Who are you, but another man with a opinion

    • WTF

      WTF?
      He won on luck again?
      Didnt he KO Silva in the first fight and pretty much dominate him in the 2nd fight?
      I would suggest you are just in denial.

  • Like

    Where can I find video from the fight

    • Darin

      Nowhere. The UFC will do everything in it’s power to bury the footage of Silva’s leg snapping, just like they did with Corey Hill.

      • Chris Morgan

        You can actually find footage of Hill’s leg break and even Anderson’s (at least for the time being).

  • uncle

    Another fluke win ..God bless Silva

    • The Dog

      Fluke? The dude got caught flaunting in #1 and paid the price. #2 his shin snapped on a defensive move anyone knows the one with the greater force wins that battle…silva is great…he got beat fair twice….give weidman some credit….damn You act like you know mma, then tell it like it is..

      • uncle

        I’m just not sold on Weidman yet.
        defense move, that caused a surprising
        injury that’s a Fluke Sir

        • WTF

          WTF?
          Just like how he used that defensive punch to knock Silva out in the first fight?

    • Darin

      Not a fluke. The better fighter won. Weidman dropped Silva with a punch, nearly knocking him out in the first round. Weidman has harder legs, deal with it.

  • Lex

    Damn Silva was doin work on his back. I screamed in agony for him wathing the replay. Will always be the greatest. Oh well, Weidman is about to get his head kicked off via Vitor Belroid

    • Collideoverme

      Vitor will come out hot like he always does. Weidman is a smart fighter, so we’ll see. Should be a good one.

    • digger

      Not sure Belfort will be the same without the Brazilian TRT treatment. The fight has to be in the US and Cheator Belfort won’t have the juice.

      • Collideoverme

        I concur with that.

    • Darin

      “doin work on his back”. Dude, you are in denial. He was dropped hard by a punch then pounded on for the better part of the first round.

      • Daniel

        He was just holding the first round of the combat against a much younger competitor as he should. Talk to me about Weidman in five years, that is, if you still remember who he is by there.

        • WTF

          WTF?
          What does “in 5 years time” have to do with it?
          Are you suggesting Weidman has to validate himself for the next 5 years?
          Dont be silly. Weidman beat Silva twice because he was the better fighter. The future and the past are seperate issues and have nothing to do with this fight.
          Nobody is suggesting that Chris is the GOAT so dont create an opponent to argue with because all people are saying is that Weidman won because he was better. Thats hard to argue with considering the results.

    • RonBurgandy

      Belfort sucks and uses roids and he will never beat Weidman clean.

  • Silva nut-hugger

    it was planned, wiedman got lucky silva gave it to him again!

    • some dude

      he he he. funny guy.

  • Daman

    Good s*** Weidman, show them who the king is!

  • Maurice G.J

    That was absolutely crazy, I cannot believe I done seen what I just seen. He was absolutely cringing in agony.

    God Bless Silva.

  • sparticus smarticus

    I feel bad that Silva broke his leg. but Chris did put him on his behind twice. A check is a block n some blocks will break bones Give chis what he deserves respect

  • Collideoverme

    There was nothing fluke about either win. So the idiots that have that to say just need to stfu. If you throw a punch and it lands, that isn’t a fluke. Silva got KO’d
    the first time, and was damn close to being Ko’d again in the first. Checking a leg kick is what you are supposed to do and good technique. The only fluke is Silva’s leg broke. Weidman did nothing but what he was supposed to. Nothing fluke about either fight.

    • sparticus smarticus

      I agree

    • Guest

      Only Silva fans are crying fluke. He knocked him out in the first fight because Silva didn’t respect him. He knocked him out in the first round and the fight should have been called, Silva was lucky enough to keep fighting only to shatter his leg in a kick that got checked by a smarter fighter who studied his foe and learned form the first fight. There wasn’t anything fluke about it.

      • Guest

        Silva has always fought far less superior fighters until recently…now he is old and we are left wondering what it’d be like if he didn’t beat a bunch of guys nobody has ever heard of for 25 wins, only to get to the UFC where he fought no namers again and old guys.

        • Collideoverme

          Up until recently, all of the champs were getting to be the old guys ;)

        • shereko

          Like Belfort?

        • julian moran

          you are a fool

    • Spoon

      Only Silva fans are crying fluke. He knocked him out in the first fight because Silva didn’t respect him. He knocked him out in the first round of the rematch and the fight should have been called, Silva was lucky enough to keep fighting only to shatter his leg in a kick that got checked by a smarter fighter who studied his foe and learned form the first fight. There wasn’t anything fluke about it.

    • Darin

      Some idiots you just can’t educate. Weidman is better than Silva in the here and now.

    • Denny Swain

      Thank you

    • sdelfin

      Yes, Weidman did what he was supposed to do in both fights. I thought he had a chance in the first fight before most other people did. Perhaps Weidman would have won this fight anyway, but the way the second fight ended is the dictionary-definition of a fluke.

      • some dude

        you do realize Weidman was winning the entire second fight. Right?

        • sdelfin

          I will make my point again. I said nothing about the way the fight was unfolding. If Silva’s leg had not broken and the fight went to a normal conclusion, Weidman might still be the winner. I am not calling the fact that Weidman won a fluke. I am pointing out, to the person who said there was “nothing fluke”, that Silva’s leg breaking is the literal definition of a fluke.

          • some dude

            fluke 1 |floōk|noununlikely chance occurrence, esp. a surprising piece of luck : their triumphwas no fluke.

            He broke his leg when Weidman checked his kick. In any form of Kickboxing they tell you that there is a very real possibility of breaking someones leg. If you need more examples please watch old K-1 tournaments.

        • julian moran

          No, Weidman won the first round via gnp and was getting dominated in the second, until Silva sustained an injury.

          • Baller31

            Weidman was never being dominated. He dominated every aspect of both of their fights. Silva never once had Weidman in any trouble in either fight.

  • Denny Swain

    Where’s the conspiracy theorists? Silva took a dive. He knew he had a fractured leg and knew it would break if he wanted.. its all part of his plan.silva basically took a dive, to secure his legacy, lol. Dana kept silva off calcium so he could get silva -weidman 3, lol

    • Darin

      Did you see the look on Dana’s face after the fight? The UFC has tried to make people forget about Corey Hill…and that was a prelim fight that not a lot of people saw. This was the biggest fight of the year, everyone saw it.
      You will NEVER see that kick in Weidman’s highlight reel. After the fight tonight, they replayed the end ONCE, then wouldn’t show it again, and kept the camera off Silva.

      • Denny Swain

        Its on youtube now.16 sec video.

      • Collideoverme

        It also happened to Jason MacDonald. To a little lesser extent, but it was still bad.

      • Truth seeker

        Dana White is just thinking about all the potential money the UFC is going to lose.

  • Denny Swain

    AND STILL CHAMPION!!! CHRIS THE ALL AMERICANNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!

    • Daniel

      Brazil is in America too you idiot

      • JustOutForARipAreYaBud?

        Well, no, it’s not. Not in the ‘Murica of which he is referring to. It is, however, in South America. I laugh when I read news articles involving “North America and Canada”. Silly ‘Muricans.

      • Truth seeker

        All-American implies the U.S.A. This is well known and understood by most people. Ahem…idiot!

    • J Tim

      I bet you’re one of those idiots that believe GSP beat Hendricks as well

      • Truth seeker

        GSP vs. Hendricks was more disappointing than Silva vs. Weidman 2. GSP point fought himself all the way to the hospital. After the fight Johhny Hendricks looked like he was just getting started. Personally, I think Hendricks deserves that belt. Is GSP even going to show any honor and give Hendricks a rematch? GSP knows that belt belongs to Hendricks. The sport isn’t called UPC (ultimate point scoring championship) It’s called Ultimate Fighting Championship for a reason.

      • Truth seeker

        Weidman did dominate Silva though. 2x now Wediman has dominated Silva. Just look at the first round of last night’s fight.

  • Silva Nut-Huger Fan

    Silva got bored of this MMA sport. He gave it to wiedman again. See how silva dominated weidman on the ground and on the feet in the first round? Silva could have easily taken this fight. Too bad he simple got bored of MMA. SILVA GOAT!! Simply got bored and broke his own shin on purpose.

    • The Dog

      Lmao! Can I have some of what you’re smoking? Broke his leg on purpose….

      • Sarcasticball

        It’s obviously sarcasam… Disapointing ending I was waiting for this fight for so long.

    • David Huenecke

      Yeah if im bored of doing something i generally break my own leg to end my career. Makes sense right. Fuc king idiot

      • Truth seeker

        He was joking dude. So I guess that makes someone else the F’n idiot!

        • David Huenecke

          Yeah, it does,you. Now go back to being an armchair warrior

          • Truth seeker

            And you go back to being defensive for no reason. .

    • some dude

      ha ha ha. Your sarcasm is wasted on these people.

  • D Man

    All the people talking s*** just stop. The reality is Anderson will go down as the greatest in history. Weidman will be known as the guy who conquered Goliath ofcourse with an asterisk. But at the end of the day Silva got a serious injury and people should just wish him the best. Weidman is the new champ and whether he really beat Silva or not it doesn’t matter. Either way he is a great fighter. All the Vitor fans out their just a heads up he has no chance against weidman. Vitor needs to be banned from using trt he abuses it.

    • The Dog

      This is a man who knows the sport…well said!

    • WTF

      The asterix being that he won twice fair and square?
      What exactly is the asterix?

    • Kris-tyahn

      Why would there be an asterix by his name?!? Silva got KTFO in the 1st fight, and then Weidman shattered Silva’s leg. So, I’m a little confused as to why there would be any sort of asterix or whatever. Also, Weidman dominated Silva & tagged Silva in the 1st round & finished the round on top of Silva. 2nd round Silva looked slow & Weidman avoided all of his punches & a couple of kicks, Silva had no speed in the 2nd like he usually does, the reason for this….. the punch that hurt Silva mostlikely affected him (which is normal), but the reason Silva had no speed in the 2nd (in his punches) was b/c Weidman tired Silva’s arms out in the 1st round, which was a tactic Weidman used in the 1st fight. Which was the same plan/tactic GSP used vs. BJ Penn. Make the 1st round a grappling match, which makes blood rush to the shoulders, which means…. his arms/shoulders are not as fast when he throws a punch. All strategy, just like the leg checks, used to injure Silva or at the least, make him think twice about throwing another leg kick….. mission accomplished.

    • Truth seeker

      Weidman really did beat Silva. This is an undeniable fact. There are no mysteries surrounding the results. Silva is still the greatest of all time, but wouldn’t be nice to see if Weidman could do what Silva did, or even more?

  • MMALIFE

    Chris Weidman will never come close to being the champion that Silva has been……and lets be honest in silvas prime he would have made a fool of Weidman. ..hes 38 yrs old and nothing left to prove to anyone especially fake mma fans that speak out of emotion.

    • sparticus smarticus

      Fact this is fighting in MMA’s force on force hits or blocks break bones Silva lost twice to Chris Fact. I feel bad for Silva break but I think a lot other guys in there prime would wipe the mat with Silva

    • Collideoverme

      Considering this is Weidmans second defense, making your claim is fruitless. He will be a different champion just as the winner of Hendricks/Lawler will be a different champion than GSP, Velazquez is different than Couture. Times are changing, buddy. This isn’t emotion talking. This is fact. Silva is 38. He lost twice to the same guy. Fedor lost 3 times at the end as well. Doesn’t mean he wasn’t one of the greatest, but his time was over, just as it appears to be for Silva.
      Edit:
      Does Silva have anything left to prove? Not at all. Over any MMA fighter, I believe he IS the GOAT. Even over Fedor.

    • WTF

      Silva got beaten and the first thing you come up with is a comment about how the winner will never be as good as the guy he beat.
      Dont be such a poor sport.

      • MMALIFE

        Poor sport not at all this sport will forever change thats why we watch because we all know that there is always someone better but that comment was for the those that comments seem to have forgotten what Anderson Silva brought to the sport and that those records may never be beaten.

        • some dude

          Well MMALIFE, you seem to have forgotten what Fedor brought to the sport with his records and 10 years being on top. You know small stuff like that.

          • Kathi Merinos

            Exactly. Not only that. Fedor did that in a division where almost everyone was larger than him by 50 or more pounds.

        • CraterFITmma

          Fact: Silva 0, weidman 2…. and you follow with A THEORY THAT CAN NEVER BE PROVEN TRUE OR FALSE “Silvas prime he would have made a fool of weidman”. have fun living in your fantasy world.

          • Kathi Merinos

            One things for sure. Siva will be remembered as the recipient of one of the most embarrassing KOs in the history of MMA.

    • Kris-tyahn

      MMALIFE: Silva fought a lot less talented fighters in his “prime”/reign, Maia, Cote, Leites, Lutter aren’t “top MW’s” – Silva happened to dominate in the WEAKEST division in the UFC for years, it didn’t hurt him to not fight anyone with great wrestling for a long time. Henderson had great Wrestling, but he was “small”. Sonnen came in, someone close to Silva’s size & world class wrestling & dominated Silva 6 of 7 rounds. Weidman a bigger, better & stronger Sonnen, with KO power beat Silva in every round they fought.
      Let’s not talk about those BUMS Silva fought @ LHW. Not one guy had any wrestling credentials…. how “lucky” of Silva. He fought 3 brawlers, who like to rush in swinging, pretty much set up to make Silva look great, and it worked. But let’s see him fight a couple of top 10 LHW’s or top wrestlers.

      • Kathi Merinos

        Finally. Someone says it like it is.

        The UFC talking heads have been pumping Silva as the GOAT (especially since his loss to CW). Before that they had the honesty to at least insert the word “arguably” alongside GOAT.

        Just listening to Rogan and Goldberg made me want to puke. Rogan went so far as to even say AS is “without a doubt” the GOAT. I call BS on that.

        In every non-subjective measure A.S. is not even in the top 10 in the world of MMA:
        Most wins
        Longest Undefeated Streak
        Longest title defenses
        Shortest Average fights
        Best Submission/Win Percentage
        Most finishes/Win percentage

        The UFC is a great pump (and dump) organization. They have pumped many fighters as GOAT over the years (Ortiz, Liddell, Couture, Penn, etc) only to move on after they started losing … while ignoring amazing fighters all over the globe because they couldn’t sign them or what have you.

        The truth is the world of MMA is much larger (and honest) than the UFC.

        AS *was* a great striker, average submission and non-grappling fighter in a mediocre division in the UFC … but the GOAT? I think that’s laughable.

    • Truth seeker

      Silva might not have been in his prime this fight, but that’s because weidman took it away the first time they fought. Silva wasn’t your typical fighter who got worse in their 30′s. He actually got waaaay better in his thirties. Just look at his early UFC fights and compare them to his later ones. Good job Weidman. You can tell Silva was scared this time. He wasn’t show boating at all. He looked tense, not relaxed. He fought carefully, and couldn’t play his counter game.

  • Christopher LaHaise

    Man, I don’t personally like Silva, but he never, ever deserved this. I feel horrible for the guy. :(

  • Alex Berzins

    Lower leg bone, huh?

  • dgs

    Leg destructions with the shin/knee, this is old JKD/Paul Vunak stuff I was learning in the very early 90′s. I have been surprised I haven’t seen more of them in MMA. Elbow destructions are fun stuff too; it’s a beautiful thing to time a punch as it’s coming in, so the opponents fist meets up with your elbow. It’s a real hand/knuckle breaker and a great way to end a fight, quickly. Good for Weidman, it’s unfortunate the fight ended the way it did, but it’s not like that was a fluke; it was perfectly timed technique meant to act as defense and offense at the same time.

    Anderson reigned for a long time, and these two losses do nothing to diminish his impact in the sport. Now we’ll see if Weidman is the kind of champion Silva was. Silva held that belt for seven years and 10 champion defenses (in addition to winning a couple of fights at 205 too), beating up the best of the best. That will be a tall order for ANY champion to duplicate, let alone beat. Weidman has nine more fights to go…

    • WTF

      WTF?
      Fun stufff?

      • dgs

        Yes, fun stuff. I mean it’s not fun for the person getting their limb destroyed, but it’s a lot of fun for the person executing the technique that destroys said limb (Google JKD Destructions, otherwise known as “Defanging the Snake”). It takes a great deal of timing and practice in order to pull off a technique like that, which is why you probably see so few of them. But when a fighter does pull it off, well you see the results, the fight immediately ends and the victim is on the ground writhing in pain.

        My hats off to Weidman even though I was rooting for Silva. He has beat the unbeatable, twice in a row, and in under two full rounds. That is impressive for sure. I look forward to seeing his championship defenses.

        • black forest mma

          guarantee this guy has never landed your elbow-to-knuckle punch in your life. thatd be so hard to do unless your fighting kids trying out for karate…

          • dgs

            Yes, it is very difficult, which is why it must be practiced in the gym thousands of time, repetition and drilling, over and over. However once you get the timing down, and develop muscle memory it’s always available.

            Pretty much like any technique in martial arts, the more you practice it the easier it becomes. Sounds like you don’t train, which makes your comment understandable. It would be a good idea not to assume someone can’t do something simply because you can’t do it.

            There was a time in MMA, very early in the sport, everyone threw out traditional martial arts techniques like head kicks, because everyone claimed that sort of style no longer worked in “real fights.” Then Maurice Smith comes along, and KO’s the big, bad Brazilian ground fighter, with a head kick. Now head kicks routinely end fights in MMA.

    • jemartinez986

      couldnt have said it better myself. give weidman credit for winning the fights, but at the same time realize that he has more road to travel.

  • Denny Swain

    The first fight silva tried to cripple weidman by kicking directly at his knee. He was a dirty fighter who lost

  • Denny Swain

    Since weidman manhandled the supposed goat, that makes weidman the goat.

    • lilTR

      no

      • Collideoverme

        Not at all.

    • Chris Morgan

      No. It’s a good start, but he’s nowhere close to being the goat. The only way Weidman gets “goat” consideration (in my mind anyway) is if he goes on to be a dominant champion like Anderson or GSP.

  • Obi-Wan Granoli

    that was a beautiful check.

    • Collideoverme

      It was a perfectly executed check. That is for sure.

    • Denny Swain

      Beautiful and planned

  • julian moran

    Weidman won twice, but the argument still holds.
    Silva clowned around in the first fight to pay the price for it. Silva did not play around in the second fight but got a freak injury that ended the fight. Yes Weidman did check the kick. No Weidman did not try to break Silva´s leg in two, it was an accident.

    • onegoodnathan

      admit Weidman manhandled Silva in rd 1 last night. gone are the days of AS fighting Rich Franklin and Travis Lutter. there’s a new breed of hybrid grapplers: Jones, Cain, Chris who will funk u up in the octagon. where was AS combo’s last night? he couldn’t even fire bc he was too busy defending a take down and Chris’ left hook. this aint a Mosley got De La Hoya’s number case. this is a matter of Chris being bigger, faster,and stronger than anyone in the MW division.

      and fudge Belfort. go look at his physique against Anderson Sliva in 02-11 and against Yoshihiro Akiyama. then, at 36yrsold he reels off a 4-1 record outa the country looking like lee haney, c’mon.

      u gotta respect the most scrutinized pugilists like Mayweather, GSP, Cain, Jon Jones.

      Mayweather took a fight against confessed doper Mosley sanctioned by the incompetent Nevada Athletic Commission. then, when he, as the number one draw in the world, puts a deal out for Pacquio including blood tests, Manny rejects. then Floyd’s the villain? comes with the territory tho.

      it’s just a shame that basically anyone who challenges Cain or Floyd has prob doped in the preceding months to the fight.

      • deepgrim

        you wat impresses me about weidman, is how hard he is to punch in the face, silva only managed that a hand full of times in either fight. he doesnt dance around like silva but he seems to read movement beautifully. silva only really got joy with a few leg kicks in the first fight and weidman had a plan to slow him down that way, tho i doubt he would have seen an ended like that. glad he was dominating the fight before it finished, it will silence some of the doubters. sad tho for anderson to end that way- its hard to see him recovering from that

  • El Guapo

    We all knew it had to end for Silva sooner or later. It’s sad to see a great champion go out like that. It’s also sad for Weidman that he retained his title via a freak accident rather than a decisive victory. He’s a great fighter, and he’ll have years and years to prove to the doubters that he deserves to have the title.

  • Itsafight

    We forget this is a fight. Unpredictable outcomes are unforeseen. Yes, weidman won, but we don’t know how silva would have fended for the remainder of the fight. It’s a 5 round fight. It’s obvious leg checking isn’t an accident, but comes with skill.. I’ve never heard of a fight that ended with ko or sub by way of leg checking.. Leg checking is a way to defend a kick and unfortunate that someone got hurt. What about silva vs. sonnen? He got dominated the first time but still came out on top. Second time they met silva lost the first round but came back. Yes, weidman has an extensive background of skills, but we won’t know what silva could have done or vice versa for the remaing 3 and 1/2 rounds.

  • Crewjobs

    Anderson Silva tried tried to hurt Weidman with his leg: instead, Weidman hurt Silva’s leg. Chris Weidman was already winning the fight decisively before the stoppage. He had taken Silva down and knocked him down and was beating the crap out of Silva. Silva looked like Gumby his leg looked like it was made out of rubber. That was a perfectly timed leg check by the way Weidman’s technique was flawless. A block that hurts the attacker as well as defeats the attack is the best kind of technique. Weidman knocked out Silva in the first fight then beat the crap out of Silva and ended his career last night.