My trainer used to say that unorthodox striking can knock out the best fighters.
Anderson Silva got caught in a rather unorthodox combo. After the right cross Weidman comes back with a right punch, some sort of Bruce Lee style backfist (or a right flicking punch) that forces Silva to move his head to the left, thus getting caught in a left hook. I do not know if Chris worked on this combo but it worked.
Some more thoughts on UFC 162 results.
- Never underestimate the hooks of a Ray Longo fighter. This is the second time one of his fighters pulled up an upset (Matt Serra was the first)
- Much like his idol Roy Jones Jr, Silva learned the hard way that you do not put your guard down and play when you box. You will not get away with it forever. And I am afraid that by absorbing punches in training and in fights just by playing and trying to prove a point, Silva has damaged his ability to take a punch. Every punch you absorb in training and in fights will damage your ability to take shots as you get older.
- I want to see all the Fedor haters jump off the Silva bandwagon and now claim that Anderson was never any good. Both Fedor and Silva will be two of the greatest fighters ever. Everybody gets caught eventually.
- Unlike Silva, Frankie Edgar is a fighter who never underestimates his opponents. He is a warrior. What a performance!
- Cub Swanson is an exciting fighter although he gets hit a lot.
- If you want to learn how to use low kicks, study Edson Barboza. I see so many guys that kick in a way that makes it easy fro their opponent to counter with a right hand.