Last night was a surreal night for me for a reason I have yet to see mentioned anywhere I frequent in regards to MMA. While using the restroom one of the other gentlemen exclaimed how busy the sports bar was. I responded with, "Well, it's always busy when Anderson fights." He exclaimed, "Anderson Silva is fighting tonight! I didn't even know, I'm here to watch the girls fight man! Awesome!" I thought it was a bit weird, but seeing as how big of a celebrity Rhonda has turned out to be, and how much popularity their season of Ultimate Fighter seems to have had, I assumed that was a relative outlier in the group of people in the bar. When Meisha began her walkout the bar roared with a cheer. When Rhonda came out they booed and hissed like George W. Bush had just revealed that he is in fact Barack Obama and has had us duped for these past 6 years. I've never seen the crowd at the bar so electric for a fight. They were 110% into the Rousey v. Tate fight like no other fight since at least 2007. Cheers, gasps, the whole shebang. After the Rousey v. Tate fight ended, about half or more of the bar cleared out. WTF?! People, ANDERSON SILVA and CHRIS WEED-MAN are fighting? Why are you leaving?! I struggled with the idea of Women's MMA like a lot of people have, but anything that brings the bar to capacity can't be bad. It looks like the "star" so many people are looking to Replace GSP is none other than Ms. Rousey. She puts fans in the seats. The idea to me that Rhonda is a bigger star after 1 fight in the UFC and a season of the Ultimate Fighter is all Salvador Dali to me.
The second thing I want to talk about is the Weidman victory. I'm 110% sick of reading that it was a fluke, accident, sad, tragic, unfortunate, or anything else. Chris Weidman kicked Anderson Silva's ass from bell to bell and scored a (T)KO by kick-check. That was exactly what Weidman was trying to do, check the kick. Was it an accident? Semantically, yes, but physically no. I watch this sport because I love the elegance of it and because I like the violence. I don't want to see anyone get maimed but I'm not going to pretend like I was watching ballet when someone's leg get's broken when they get their sloppy low leg kick checked perfectly. Please everyone, start calling Weidman's check of Anderson's kick what it was: perfect. Am I sad Anderson's career is (most-likely) over? Yes. But that check was pure brilliance. It was elegant and violent. It did exactly what it is supposed to do. And let's give credit where credit is due; this will be the second time that Anderson Silva changes the entire game of MMA with a single kick.