Last night we witnessed the greatest fighter in the history of MMA fall from glory. Anderson Silva's legacy is set in stone there is no doubt about that. I do not believe his loss to Chris Weidman diminishes his accomplishments one bit. With that said Chris Wiedman did exactly what he said he would do, he beat Anderson Silva.
The 29 year old with only 9 total pro MMA fights came into the fight with supreme confidence in himself and left home with the belt. I re watched the fight three times trying to make sense of what I saw and I did,Anderson was being Anderson and he paid for his lack of discipline. Many Silva fans are saying that Anderson beat himself and that Weidman basically hit the LOTTO but i say he beat the man at his own game. Chris could have easily fallen pray to Anderson's tomfoolery and lost his cool but he did not.
As I watched Anderson do what he has done so many times before by toying with an opponent I could not help but think that it was the beginning of the end for Weidman. I was yelling at the screen take him down Weidman, shoot in!! Chris did not though he stood in front of the champ and basically waited for an opportunity to catch him with a the shot that would eventually knock Silva out cold.
During the post fight presser Weidman stated that Ray Longo his coach brought in guys who would clown around and do what Anderson does to prepare him for what was to come. They knew Anderson would attempt to throw Chris off just like he has many of his opponents. Muhammad Ali did something similar with his rope-a-dope technique and it has worked pretty well for Anderson. The difference this time was that his opponent was ready and willing to stand in front of him and wait for his shot and he would not miss. Weidman stated that he had studied Anderson's hip movement and he knew that Silva had a tendency to lean backwards with his hip giving him a chance to land a good shot and that he did.
This was not luck , Anderson knew what he was doing because he has done it before. Silva was taken down early and he took some damage on his back, knowing his best chance to win was standing he did what he does best. From the beginning of the fight he was yelling at Weidman as if to say Come on and fight, lets put on a show!! He was baiting him but Chris did not respond he just moved forward and kept working. What we saw was a guy that did not fall for trickery, a guy that was not scared, a guy that believed that he belonged there and that the moment was not too big for him.He earned that belt and fought a perfect fight in my opinion, he let Anderson make the first mistake which is what everyone thought he would do. Chris Weidman did something nobody thought he was capable of doing it and he did it with class and for that he deserves the respect of everyone.