Anderson Silva came into UFC 162 sporting the most impressive record of any champion in the promotion's history. He'd successfully defended his title 10 times and gone undefeated in 16 fights in the Octagon. Middleweight challenger Chris Weidman brought all that to a screeching hault when he landed a vicious left hook in the second round of their fight. Silva had spent the first 6 minutes of the bout taunting the contender and he paid dearly for his hubris.
In fact, because of Silva's antics, referee Herb Dean thought his reaction to Weidman's blow may have been part of the act. He told MMA Junkie:
It was almost a replay of the pantomime that he had done," he said. "I saw him go down. I respond to it whether it's pantomime or not, but to be honest, I wasn't sure. But I'm going to respond and get in close to get a better look. Once I got in there and got a better look, he was unconscious to me.
After Dean stopped the action, it was more than clear that Silva was out. The former champ even went to grapple with the referee after the fight had been called thinking it was his opponent.
As Dana White promised before UFC 162's main event, the UFC intends to give Anderson the opportunity to redeem himself against Weidman with an immediate rematch. The UFC president was so excited about the bout, that he wanted to push Women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey out of the way and have Silva/Weidman II on the New Year's Eve show in December. White backed off on that shortly after, leaving UFC 168 in tact and the rematch for an unspecified date.