UFC 162 will forever be remembered as the day pound per pound UFC champion Anderson Silva lost to Chris Weidman. Weidman knocked out the powerful middleweight with a smart left hook sending Silva to the canvass in just a minute and 18 seconds of round 1.
Weidman was not impressed at the usual antics of Silva in the Octagon. The champion taunted, made faces and even tried to fool around with his arms when Weidman, a fighter ten years younger than Silva managed to snag the title with his determination and concentration. After Silva fell on the canvass as a result of the sharp left hook, Weidman followed the move with more punches on the head causing referee Herb Dean to call off the fight.
Dana White, President of UFC however has great news to disappointed Silva fans. A rematch between Silva and Weidman has been officially called on December 28, 2013 in Las Vegas. This unbelievable rematch will also hold a fantastic title clash between female bantamweights Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. The event will be expected as UFC 168.
When interviewed by outlet Globo, Anderson “The Spider” Silva expressed his disappointment over himself and his performance in UFC 162. “There was no lack of respect. I respect everybody. All the provocation, hands down…it should continue. It’s part of the show.” He mentioned that even with the much-awaited rematch at the end of the year, he will never be making any changes in his style and approach.
He added: “Nobody likes to lose. I train four months to win. But you end up learning with your mistakes and I learned the worst way possible. After everything that happened, we calm down and I realized I had something to question, even question Anderson Silva.” The champ exclaimed: “I lost to myself and that’s the worst loss. Losing by knockout shakes you, it will be in history, but will leave a lesson.”
Anderson Silva last lost to Yushin Okami due to an illegal kick way back in January of 2006. If he had won against Weidman, this could have been his 18th win since April 2006. Chris “All-American” Weidman on the other hand has a perfect 11 wins and no loss since he started his career in 2009. Several fighters are already lining up to get a chance to fight the current middleweight champ and one of them is onetime light heavyweight titleholder Vitor Belfort.