UFC 162: Silva Down. The End Of Amazing

cagepotato by cagepotato on Jul. 07, 2013

A version of this article originally appeared on Cagepotato.com.


Surreal. That’s a pretty apt description of most Anderson Silva fights, for better or worse. Dodging Forrest Griffin’s strikes like he was in the Matrix, standing on the cage against Stephan Bonnar, front-kicking Vitor Belfort in the face? Surreal. Dancing around Thales Leites and shouting “where’s your jiu-jitsu now, playboy?” at Demian Maia? Surreal.

 

But those pale in comparison to what happened last night. What happened last night, when Silva lost for the first time in seventeen fights because he pushed the envelope too far, was the definition of surreal. For the sake of trying to comprehend what happened, let’s recapitulate for a moment. The first round saw Chris Weidman, the new middleweight kingpin of the UFC, take Silva down. Faced with the area in which he was most vulnerable, Silva deftly rolled with what ground and pound Weidman offered and defended any submission attempts before getting back to his feet. The rest of the round was spent taunting Weidman and stuffing any attempts at taking the fight to the ground. At the end of the round, Silva inexplicably hugged Weidman before returning to his corner.

When the second round began, Silva was in complete control, mocking Weidman’s attempts to hurt him. It was a performance unlike any other. But Silva strayed too far to the edge; caught with his chin up in the middle of a Weidman combination, he was felled by a left hook. His eyes rolled back; he was out before he hit the ground, where Weidman followed with a salvo of ground and pound that was merely a formality. Somehow, Silva had lost his title even more than Weidman had won it.

Looking at it like that, as a sequence of events, it seems like what happened last night can be condensed into something that resembles a traditional narrative. Anderson Silva was clowning when he shouldn’t have been and paid the price. He shouldn’t have done it in the first place, and that’s why he lost. I’m not so sure it’s that simple. What made Silva great wasn’t just his win streak, it was how he won. How he transcended the bounds of what we thought was possible in combat sports, how his greatest challenge wasn’t the person standing across from him but the shadows of the performances he had to live up to and surpass. Like Icarus, he flew a little too high, strove to be something that no one could be. It turns out that Anderson Silva is not some deity of violence descended from the heavens, that he is prone to the same physical limits and temptations of hubris and grandeur that plague us lesser mortals. But that willingness to push those boundaries, to tempt fate and escape its consequences again and again, is what made Anderson Silva the best fighter in the history of the sport.

As for Weidman, the man has earned his time in the sun. His home was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy, he endured shoulder surgery and went an entire year without fighting. He deserves the money, the $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus, the fame and the accolades that come with dethroning a legend. Regardless of how much Silva’s approach to the fight impacted the result, Weidman capitalized on an opportunity that no else managed to. There’s something to be said for that. With that said, if there will be an immediate rematch, I wouldn’t favor him. But then again, I was wrong about him last night.

Oh, there were some other fights too. Frankie Edgar and Charles Oliviera put together an entertaining, technical scrap tht shared Fight of the Night honors with Swanson vs. Siver. While there were momentum shifts, Edgar won all three rounds and finally got back on the right side of the win-loss column. Tim Kennedy managed to control Roger Gracie in an uneventful decision win and Mark Muñoz made a triumphant return to the Octagon in thrashing Tim Boetsch over three rounds. And to begin the night, Cub Swanson came back from a first round deficit to knock out Dennis Siver in the third in a contender for fight of the year.

But the story of the night was Silva. It always is when he fights, when he clowns, when he wins. But that’s not how last night unfolded. Anderson Silva was dethroned. It’s funny; when pressed to ask who he wished to fight, Silva would often respond “my clone.” Silva didn’t fight his clone last night, but he still managed to beat himself. I suppose that’s inexorable when you compete against your past accomplishments; sooner or later, you can’t go any higher. Last night, Anderson Silva flew too close to the sun and we were still shocked that he fell. With Silva, the rules seemed like they never applied. When they finally did, that was more surreal than anything else.


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99 comments
Mr_Tideman
Mr_Tideman User

Too much clowning, finally got caught.

Bryan-Rowden-978
Bryan-Rowden-978 User

I hope he has nightmares about about laughing at the guy who's fist is turning out the lights.. that first blow while he was down should have been an elbow.

Liil Keel
Liil Keel

I fukin hate endin of an era matches!! Why cuz tha shit just gets worse an more staged afta tht!

Kieran0001
Kieran0001 User

he lost simple.

rematch ? biggest fight mma in history

br0wn1e1
br0wn1e1 User

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lordtoad
lordtoad User

Weidman won the first round, and knocked him out in the second round. How about giving Weidman some credit, and stop making excuses for Silva?

Silva said it himself:

“People are going to say a lot of things now,” Silva said through an interpreter. “They are going to say Chris got lucky or I underestimated him. But we need to respect what he did and we need to respect he went in there and beat me. That’s pretty much it.”

LordGav1n
LordGav1n User

He reminds me of prince naseem with all that fancy dodging.  Took it right to the chin

Heketo Achumi
Heketo Achumi

given 5 more seconds i would have love to see chris beat the shit out of silva

Michael Rodrigue
Michael Rodrigue

he's a phenom ... but ain't professional.. he should ask GSP what it takes to be a real Champ. thank you all haters.

Damian Bornman
Damian Bornman

Silva is a great dancer nt a great fighter sooooooo happy that he got knocked the fck out like a lil bitch.

Jacob Molinari
Jacob Molinari

he has 10 more fights on his contract then he is done

Sean Murray
Sean Murray

Don't think this guy is going to be holding on to the title for long.

Hughes-Speer-984
Hughes-Speer-984

I doubt Silva could ever beat Weidman he is just as creative of a fighter and is only getting better. Weidman has learned from Silvas creative style and doesn't fall for the cat and mouse games he puts on everyone else

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Henry Valdez
Henry Valdez

he let himself get kO you can tell!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul Hines
Paul Hines

'' Bob Weaver learned a very important lesson that day ''

Justin Wingate
Justin Wingate

Correct, end of an Era. If you happened to have watched the post fight interview, you would realize that Silva no longer wanted to be champion anymore. Everything he did in the ring on Saturday was to purposefully lose. I doubt he wanted to be knocked out, but he was definitely going to try to dance around and dodge for 5 rounds until he lost.

cristian102
cristian102 User

Taunting is also known as showboating, a great way to entertain the crowd. This is why Silva was loved, much like boxing's Roy Jones Jr. or Prince Ali. Dodging punches is a game of inches and centimeters, there's also allot of luck involved in evading a strike. Silva's luck ran out that night, he played the showboat game far too long, he should have retired a champion. Too late now. When your at the top for as long as Silva was there's no place to go but back down.


John Donovan
John Donovan

Glad he lost. I hope it's humbling for him. Now maybe he won't walk around like a cocky SOB

Adam-Gillespie-200
Adam-Gillespie-200 User

Everyone is saying he only lost cause he was fucking around or got too cocky, but you forget he did this same act to EVERYONE he fought, and none of them could do anything about it. Only Weidman. So in the end Weidman won cause Weidman was better.

treyert
treyert User

Weidman’s victory dance looks like "I stepped into some shit over there..." LMAO!

Victor Cossolosso
Victor Cossolosso

I'm sure that if he took the fight seriously, he would have definitely won

Sean Ward
Sean Ward

hope the same thing happens to that bitch Mayweather if he ever gets the balls to fight Pacquiao...

Zach Woodley
Zach Woodley

Did anyone actually watch the fight? Hs lost because he fucked around, not cause he wasn't the better fighter. It wasn't even close but by being a clown he evened the odds. That's why it's so shameful.

eldystar
eldystar User

I know neither of these men and care not what they do or who they do it with.

treyert
treyert User

Cocky clown cut to size.

Alex Collazo
Alex Collazo

He gave up the belt and clearly said that shit at the end " I don't want a rematch " I'm done fighting I'm tired I love my family and fans time to give back brazil.. -____- goodbye silva

jbart321
jbart321 User

Silva was never in control.  He was frustrated because Weidman wasn't scared of him.  He clowned around like usual and paid for it.  It was a fitting way to lose.

Jeff Carter
Jeff Carter

was so awsome he wanted to play and weidmen was ready to fight silva yu got yur ass knocked out lol

tHeLAwR66
tHeLAwR66

complacency.. it will knock down anyone.. bet he gets back to his grass roots now..

Kieran0001
Kieran0001 User

no nazeem was a utter 1st class prick

Mr_Tideman
Mr_Tideman User

@Michael Rodrigue Silva's behavior at UFC 112 was so bad that Dana White gave the belt to Silva's manager and walked off.  Never saw that happen with GSP.  I like that GSP isn't a smack-talker, his performance in the ring talks for itself.

THEDingle
THEDingle User

@Justin Wingate  

 What a bullshit post Justin Wingate.  "Everything he did in the ring was to purposefully lose".  Really?  He got knocked out, it wasn't planned dipshit, he just got beat.  

Governator
Governator User

@cristian102 I don't think he should have retired, but he should have left his division a year ago to keep his record in place and go onward with a superfight with either GSP or Jon Jones.  It's better to lose to a legendary champ while making more money than ever than to face the inevitable dethroning within his division.

Jono-Brannan-862
Jono-Brannan-862 User

@John Payne I doubt it will change much. He's got 10 more fights on his contract, and he IS still one of the best fighters in the world, whether his performance showed it or not. We'll just have to see.

Mr_Tideman
Mr_Tideman User

@Adam-Gillespie-200 Yup.  And people don't realize that Weidman's tactic was downright brilliant.  Silva never expected Weidman to throw a backhand punch with the right immediately after a right hook.  Silva thought that Weidman's backhand right going past his face was a glancing left punch, which would've left him in the clear for a second or two.   He relaxed and wasn't ready for the REAL left punch coming his way.