Anderson SIlva thought he could play with Chris Weidman. He dropped his hands. Taunted him. Invited Weidman to punch him in the face.
For a round, Silva got away with it. And then he took it too far.
While Weidman may not strike like the Spider, he’s a professional fighter with training in every MMA discipline. Silva danced and played, hoping to pull Weidman away from his gameplan. The All-American wrestler continued to fight. Eventually, that was the difference.
Moving straight backwards, chin held high, Silva violated every boxing fundamental in the book. He’s made a career of it, relying on lightning quick reflexes to make up for technical deficiencies. This time, however, things didn’t quite work out.
Watching in slow motion, you can actually see Silva’s eyes focused on Weidman’s right hand. He never saw the left hand coming. And neither did anyone else—until Weidman put Silva’s lights out with a sweeping hook.
And the fight world’s jaw dropped.
It seemed possible that Silva could one day lose, that a wrestler would get the better of him. That someone would ground him, pound him, frustrate him and ultimately defeat him.
We expect even the best fighters to lose. Especially 38-year-old fighters like Silva. But to lose like this? Trying to make a mockery of your opponent, clowning him and pretending to be hurt? We’ve seen it from Silva before and it always felt like he was tempting fate. Finally, fate answered back.
1. Chris Weidman
He knocked out Anderson Silva, snagging up the UFC’s middleweight title. Enough said.
2. Cub Swanson
Swanson made it clear he’s ready to challenge for the UFC’s featherweight title with his win against Dennis Siver at UFC 162. He survived a tough first round, during which Siver kept him grounded for the most part, and he turned things around during the second round, landing the cleaner harder shots thereafter. He eventually put Siver away with punches during the third round, and it couldn’t be any clearer that Swanson deserves to fight the winner of the Jose Also vs. Chan Sung Jung UFC 163 title clash.
3. Mark Munoz
After the humiliating loss to Chris Weidman at “UFC on Fuel TV 4,” a decent number of MMA fans wrote Munoz off. However, “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” made it clear he’s still a force to be reckoned with in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s middleweight division, putting on a wrestling clinic against Tim Boetsch, landing numerous hard shots on the ground on his way to the unanimous decision.
4. Frankie Edgar
Frankie bounced back to the winning side of things with his performance against Charles Oliveira at UFC 162, showcasing his ever solid boxing skills, sharp footwork, and takedowns. Edgar vs. Oliveira was an entertaining three-rounder, and it earned both men the “Fight of the Night” award (shared with Swanson and Siver), as well as an extra $50,000 each.
5. Charles Oliviera
“Do Bronx” didn’t emerge victorious at UFC 162, but he proved that he’s good enough to compete with the best featherweights in MMA. He landed his share of decent combinations on Edgar, and he came close to pulling off the upset at the end of the second round, securing a tight guillotine choke that likely would have brought the contest to an end if Edgar wasn’t saved by the bell. Not bad for a 23 year-old who continues to improve with each fight.
Notable mentions: Edson Barboza, Brian Melancon, Gabriel Gonzaga.
1. Anderson Silva
No surprise here, Silva’s UFC 162 loss to Weidman will be discussed for quite some time given how things went down on Saturday. After losing the first few minutes of the fight battling Weidman on the ground, Silva found his groove once he got back to his feet. He was landing hard shots, relentlessly taunting Weidman in the process.
Given the fact he’s a counter-puncher, Silva typically goads his opponents into recklessly attacking him with his antics inside the cage, but it seemed excessive at UFC 162, much like during his 2010 fight against Demian Maia. It ended up costing him his undefeated streak in the UFC, and the loss will serve as a cautionary tale for newbie fighters for decades to come.
2. Chris Leben
Leben’s loss to Andrew Craig at UFC 162 was his third consecutive one, and “The Ultimate Fighter” season one alumni’s days in the Ultimate Fighting Championship might be coming to an end soon. The once-feared brawler was only a shell of his former self as Craig managed to get the better of the exchanges even while standing.
3. Dave Herman
Herman’s downward spiral continued at UFC 162, getting knocked out 17 seconds into his fight against Gonzaga. That makes it four consecutive losses for Herman – which includes two first round knockouts, a second round TKO, and a second round submission. The odds of “Pee-Wee” surviving the UFC’s next round of cuts are slim to none.
Just ahead of his title match with Anderson Silva at UFC 162, we get Chris Weidman in the world famous Console Creatures Q&A.
Well, Episode 5 of TUF 17 did not disappoint. Jon Jones training partner Bubba McDaniel was going up against Kelvin Gastelum. McDaniels who is probably the most experienced fighter and talker in the house, had in many people’s minds the easy task of taking on the far less experienced Gastelum. Gastelum had a little extra motivation when Ronda Rousey told him that she would come out to Vegas to teach a lesson if he defeated McDaniel, and that’s exactly what he did. In a back and forth match, McDaniels snagged a rear naked choke and submitted McDaniels for the upset. This episode showed that this seasons TUF is full of entertaining twists, and also is appealing to the mainstream eye by including Ronda Rousey, and Mickey Rourke who showed up to chat with the fighters.
In other MMA News, several fighters were cut from the UFC this week, including Jon Fitch and Vladimir Matyushenko.
In addition, almost every fighter that was a loser at UFC on Fuel TV 7 was let go. Guess they need to make way for the lighter weight classes, and female fighters that will soon be a part of the crop. Anderson Silva has stated that he would be willing to drop to 170 lbs to have a superfight with GSP, and he said making the weight would be no problem. I’m sure Georges St-Pierre is happier than shit about this, yeah right.
Remember Josh Barnett rejected the offer the UFC made him. Well he’s finally come out and said why he rejected the contract, and why he will no longer be facing JDS at UFC 160. Barnett said it had to do with the legal battle between Bellator (Alvarez’ former employer) and the UFC over Eddie Alvarez services, which became public record. The UFC was offering a $250,000 signing bonus and a percentage of pay-per-view earnings if Alvarez fought for the UFC title or captured the belt.
Barnett, speaking via MMAJunkie, said:
“I was excited to fight Junior. I thought he was a favorable match up for me, but Zuffa was unwilling to give me something that they gave Eddie Alvarez. No disrespect to Eddie, but I felt it was fair to give it to me as well. Although things seem to be working out well for me, I feel bad for the fans. They wanted me to fight certain guys in the UFC and I really wanted to give them those fights. Once we get the deal we are working on done, the fight the fans scream for will be lost forever.”
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization returns to Pay-Per-View this Saturday when the world’s greatest martial artist – long-reigning UFC middleweight king Anderson “The Spider” Silva – steps up to light heavyweight to face Stephan “The American Psycho” Bonnar.
The three-round special attraction is the main event of UFC 153, which features six fights on the Pay-Per-View main card, including a heavyweight showdown between Brazilian icon “Minotauro” Nogueira and Dave Herman and a chance to see two of the most exciting new talents in the UFC – Glover Teixeira and Erick Silva – take on serious tests in Fábio Maldonado and Jon Fitch, respectively.
Following a well attended open workout at the Arcos de Lapa, Rio, the fighters had the following to say:
Anderson Silva, UFC middleweight champion, fights at light heavyweight Saturday: “Stephan Bonnar is a great fighter; his story is a big part of the UFC. He’s big, big guy but I feel good not to have to cut weight to middleweight. For me, it is very important to retire undefeated, and I want to retire undefeated in the UFC. This is a tricky night for me Saturday. He has good BJJ and brings the fight. If I have the chance, I will finish this fight in one round. Stephan Bonnar always fights so hard. I will have more speed, more agility than him, but I don’t know about the power. So if I see the chance, I will finish this quickly.”
Stephan Bonnar, UFC light heavyweight: “Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. I asked for a big name, and I got the biggest name in the sport. But he’s fighting me at my weight, 205 pounds, and that gives me an advantage. He’s not fought anyone who will come at him like I have. He’s the most accurate striker in the sport, so I know I am going to get punched and kicked and I’m cool with that. But he’s going to get roughed up too. He’s getting punched and kicked – by a much bigger man. If I win this fight, I shock the world. I rule the world. Life is going to be good Saturday night.”
“Minotauro” Nogueira, UFC heavyweight: “I’m very happy to be back. My arm is healthy and I’ve rehabbed it so hard I think it is now stronger than my other arm. I had to work hard for so long to get my strength and power back and I am so happy to be fighting in Rio, where I live most of the year. Dave Herman is a good wrestler, has great double-legs, and is a big guy. He talks smack about BJJ but he’s not fought someone with submissions like me before. I will knock him out or submit him.”
Dave Herman, UFC heavyweight: “This is my biggest fight to date, he is a legend and will look great on my record. He’s won 20 fights by submission – but we all know BJJ doesn’t work. It’s useless. Wrestling means you don’t need to worry about jiu-jitsu. I’ve never lost by a submission and I am not worried about it at all.”
Glover Teixeira, UFC light heavyweight: “I’ve wanted to be in the UFC for so long and now that I am here it is living a dream. I learned from Chuck Liddell that it is important to be an exciting fighter, to go for the finish and that it is important for you to go out and excite the crowd. I will fight anyone in the UFC. I waited so long to get here – I will fight anyone. Maldonado is a good fighter and will bring the fight to me. But I will knock him out, knockout of the night maybe.”
Fábio Maldonado, UFC light heavyweight: “He said he will knock me out? He’s never encountered a strong chin like mine. I know for a fact my boxing is better than Glover’s. I know he’s never seen anyone with my boxing skills. I know he is a great fighter with hype and a lot of people don’t want to face him – but I do. I have one advantage – I know how to hurt people. My strategy is to exchange punches and see who is the toughest. I will defeat him.”
Jon Fitch, UFC welterweight: “He’s got some hype on him but I will shut him down like I shut everyone down. He’s fast and explosive and I know I can’t have a slow first round against someone like him. I have to use my striking to set up my takedowns. I know he has a bright future but it is not his time yet. I will beat him up like I did all the rest.”
Erick Silva, UFC welterweight: “When I see the chance to finish the fight, I will do so, right away. All my brothers will be there, my father, my wife, my kids, all my family will be there Saturday and I won’t let them down. I think people are getting to know me better, the fans, and I am in a big fight this time. Fitch was ranked No.2 in the division for a long time but I think he’s never faced a fighter as fast and as aggressive as I am. People ask about fighting for the title but I am trying to build my career one fight at a time. This fight on Saturday is a big step for me on that road.”
Reigning UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and bitter rival and No1 contender Chael Sonnen have long been known as two of the most colorful characters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization. But that has been taken to a whole new level in a special comic strip which will countdown to the UFC 148 main event between the two bitter rivals.
Each day another page of the strip will be published on the UFC’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/UFC leading to the biggest fight of the summer at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, on July 7.
The strip has been drawn by British artist Dave Golding, 37, a professional comic book artist since 2006. Golding was the original artist for the critically acclaimed Dare graphic novel ‘The Hunter’, which has recently been optioned by Hollywood, and his work has been featured throughout the medium as well as on designs for various science-fiction shows for British television.
The strip – which launched on Sunday on Facebook – will tell the story of this almost-inevitable rematch of the 2010 fight of the year, and is peppered with in-jokes long-time UFC fans will appreciate.
Golding has also re-imagined Silva – a lifelong comic book fan – and Sonnen as costumed heroes for two special faux comic book covers. Silva dons the tights as ‘the Silver Spider’ and wears an outfit featuring the colors of his beloved Brazil’s national flag. Sonnen, meanwhile, is taken at his word and has been transformed into the ‘American Gangsta’, and given a patriotic Old Glory color scheme.
Silva said: “I’ve always been a comic book fan since I was young. I liked heroes who had everyday problems but still tried to help people.”
Sonnen said: “What a thrill, to see myself in comic book form. Never before has a real life super-hero been turned into a mortal in a comic book, you will never see this in your lives again.”
By: Mark Reed
On Saturday morning at UFC 136 Fan Expo, UFC president Dana White and THQ unveiled the cover fighter for “UFC Undisputed 3” After tallying over 120,000 fan votes, it was determined reigning UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva will grace the cover of the video game’s third edition.
Voting took place between August 26th and September 30th, 2011 and fans were allowed to choose from one of five current UFC champions – Silva, Frankie Edgar, Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones or Cain Velasquez
UFC Undisputed 3 is currently in production for XBox 360 and
PlayStation3 consoles and is scheduled to hit shelves in January 2012.
Leading Toronto Men’s Store Outfits UFC World Champs In Canadian Brands
Gotstyle For Men, arguably Toronto’s (and Canada’s) best men’s clothing store, just faced its ultimate styling challenge: dressing world champion fighters for UFC 129, one of the biggest moments in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
“We devised looks that are both unique and stylish for three of the seven UFC champs, while ensuring Canadian brands were well-represented on the big day,” says Melissa Austria, founder of Gotstyle for Men, referring to the unprecedented UFC Fan Expo Super 7 Q&A session in Toronto. Most athletes have a hard time getting clothes to fit them properly due to their built chests and shoulders, and trimmer waists. Buying clothes off the rack, that aren’t boxy, can be challenging for champion fighters. Gotstyle’s notorious modern cut suits won them over. “Georges St-Pierre, Cain Velasquez and Anderson Silva are used to having their shirts off in public. This was an opportunity to make their personalities shine through in a sophisticated, Canadian way.”
Gotstyle, newly located at 62 Bathurst Street, has certainly helped put the “GS” in GSP. When the welterweight champion posted the video of his shopping experience on his Facebook fan page, it got over one million hits. When trying on his first outfit, the infamous fighter said “Damn, I like that. You can also party in this…it’s perfect.” He later told the tailor he’s never had a suit fit him like this before.
Voted on the UFC website as the three best dressed champions of the tournament, below is a list of how guys can achieve their favourite champ’s look while supporting home-grown designers:
Georges St-Pierre’s Patriotic Panache
GSP’s outfit at the UFC press conference and the UFC Super 7 Fan Expo Q&A session:
Not Your Father’s three-piece suit by Empire in Montreal ($995)
Gotstyle dress shirt by Lipson in Toronto (private label, $165)
Pocket square by Dion neckwear in Toronto ($45)
GSP’s outfit on fight day:
Without Prejudice suit ($950)
Gotstyle black dress shirt (private label, $165)
Anderson Silva’s Winning Streak Chic
Anderson Silva’s outfit at the UFC Super 7 Fan Expo Q&A session:
Not Your Father’s charcoal suit by ($695)
Gotstyle dress shirt (private label, $165)
Braemore pocket square from Toronto ($45)
Cain Velasquez’ Heavyweight Wardrobe
Cain Velasquez’ outfit at the UFC Super 7 Fan Expo Q&A session:
Gotstyle pinstriped suit by Empire (private label, $695)
Gotstyle dress shirt (private label, $165)
Braemore pocket square ($45)
Neosens shoes ($250)
Ted Baker belt ($95)
SAXX underwear ($35)
Happy socks ($15)
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