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. 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.
UFC president Dana White could only shake his head and mutter about how Silva was “a killer, man” explaining to a reporter from the Chicago Sun Times that he didn’t know what was wrong with Silva that night.
‘Sword and spear’
All told, Silva won 16 consecutive fights in the UFC. Eleven of them were bouts contesting the middleweight title, a championship he held for 2,454 days. Those are all UFC records.
Alas, every man is mortal. At 38 years of age, Silva, his style so dependent on his otherworldly reflexes and timing, finally faltered. Weidman was able to do what no one else has ever managed. In combat sports, to be the man, you’ve got to beat them man. Weidman took the throne the old fashioned way—with sword and spear.
The king is dead. Long live the king.
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Source: Jonathan Snowden | Bleacher Report
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