Say adios to the legend, folks.
UFC 168′s marquee bout of champ Chris Weidman vs. challenger Anderson Silva was supposed to give us a pretty definitive answer to the question, “Was Weidman’s previous win over Silva a fluke?” And in a way, it did give us a definitive answer – Weidman knocked the former champ down with a punch in the first round and ground-and-pounded him something fierce. But then came Round 2, and at just over a minute in, Silva threw a kick that Weidman check, and that was all she wrote – for the fight, for Silva’s leg, and probably for Silva’s career. (Yes, Corey Hill suffered the same injury, but it took him a long time to come back to competition, and Silva is 38-years old).
So grab your Sunday morning 40oz and pour a little bit out for the Brazilian legend. He went out in the worst way possible, but he went out fighting.
Oh boy. Do you feel that? It’s the excitement that only special fights bring upon us diehard MMA fans. When we know that no matter the outcome, we are going to witness something great. I’ve had that feeling for an entire five months. Finally it is upon us. UFC 168 is going down this Saturday, and the main event is something special. A rematch of epic proportions. Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva II. But who do I think will leave No Doubt? Here are my predictions on the fight, as well as the other fights on the card.
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After 20 years of MMA in the U.S., some irrefutable truths have revealed themselves to us. There is, of course, the necessity for cross-training and conditioning, the mettle of champions and perpetual challengers, and the static ratios of talent versus hard work and how they’re each vital for success. However, 20 years of MMA has also taught us that the path of every warrior doesn’t begin when they first set foot inside the Octagon. Thanks to two decades of some form of cagefighting on television, and the public’s ever-growing appetite for seeing with their own eyes bloodshed brought about via four-ounce gloves, the sport now has its very own minor leagues. But this article isn’t about the regional shows that dot the nation, some of them shallow and some of them deep with skilled athletes, nor is it about any particular up-and-comer who may or may not have a future in the UFC. No, this article is about a reigning middleweight champion named Chris Weidman, whose rematch with legendary former champ Anderson Silva headlines UFC 168 on Saturday night.
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Chris Weidman is defending his belt on Saturday at UFC 168, and to help get you motivated to watch him kick some more ass, here’s a video of him kicking ass. Whoop-whoop!