At UFC 168 on the 28th of December, 2013, Anderson Silva suffered another unfortunate loss to the now, two-time, middleweight champion Chris Weidman. Given that Silva is 38 years of age, it may take more than a year before he can properly train at full contact level with kicks. Who knows, this may be the end to the fighting career of the GOAT (Greatest of All Time).
In this fight, Silva appeared more focussed and ready to get the job done. There was no clowning around or trying to bait Weidman into a striking match. Instead, it seemed that Weidman was getting the better of him in most areas, including some heavy ground and pound after easily taking Silva to the ground. Weidman also landed a fairly clean strike to the ear/temple area on Anderson, which seemed to rock the former champ. The fight went to the ground and Weidman later told Joe Rogan that he felt as though the referee was close to stopping the fight.
Anderson’s broken leg now leaves the question of “Can Weidman really beat him?” pending once again. Supporters of Weidman will argue that Chris has beaten Silva fair and square and that it’s now time for a new champion. Supporters of Silva will no doubt feel as though Anderson hasn’t yet had the chance to fight a proper, 5-round fight with Weidman. One thing is for sure though: Chris Weidman has beaten Anderson silva in devastating fashion two times in a row. It’s a sad day for Silva supporters as they (me included) realize that the GOAT’s reign has probably come to an end…at least for now anyway.
Looking at the footage, you can’t help feeling sorry for Silva. Most would agree: If that was his last fight, he certainly doesn’t deserve to go out like that. He’s been a gentleman and great ambassador for the sport for so many years. He has looked pretty much invincible in his fights, only coming close to a loss with Chael Sonnen in their first fight. According to Joe Rogan, this is only the second time in UFC history that a fighter has broken a leg like that in the octagon.
It was a rematch that I was certainly looking forward to. After the amazing performance that Silva put on in Silva Vs. Sonnen 2, I (and I’m sure many others) were hoping to see a bit of Silva’s elite martial art skills put on display. What a shocking end to the main event of UFC 168! Hopefully we’ll see the spider back in the octagon sometime in the next 2 years.