Sunday, 07 July 2013 12:30
I only saw the last three fights so I won’t rate it overall. I don’t know how anybody can rate the main event. Silva basically admitted to throwing the fight. Does White fire him? Will fans accept him fighting GSP? He does not want a re-match? Really the finish the more like a weirdly booked WCW work the boys angle. I don’t know if there has ever been a weirder UFC show and main event in their history.
Under normal circumstances Id say Edgar fight, but with the pop that happened in my house.... Silva and Wiedman...
No real stinkers on the PPV.. but if I had to pick Id say Kennedy and Gracie...
But what a great way to end Silvas reign...
Best Fight Frankie Edgar vs Charles Oliveira
Worst fight Tim Kennedy vs Roger Gracie
It's not everyday you get to witness history, Silva deserved everything he got for the lack of respect he showed Weidman.
The Edgar vs Oliveira fight was so awesome, one of my fave fights of the year so far.
I worry about Chris Leben's life after fighting just please retire Chris.
I know one might say Anderson did a job here, since one might interpret his antics as a “wink” to the crowd that he’s jobbing like Andre’s 30 second losses to Ultimate Warrior or something, but the problem with that idea is he’s been clowning like that for years. Thing is he’d get away with it, because as legitimately talented as he is at evading punches like that, everyone from Forrest Griffin, Demian Maia, and Rich Franklin would be so confused and intimidated by Silva and his antics of “you are beneath me you can’t even hit me” that they stay back and allow themselves to be defeated mentally, standing there with shaking fists waiting for Silva to engage them in the traditional fashion, while getting picked apart.
If there’s anything Chael Sonnen revealed the blueprint to in their first fight, it wasn’t so much the wrestling, but the effectiveness of being completely stone confident against Anderson Silva. This is only the second time in recent memory where Anderson Silva’s opponent wasn’t anxious or tense. Everything about Chris Weidman building up to this fight said he wasn’t intimidated and was focused on winning. But you figured him being young and on this grand stage for the first time, and being face to face with the “greatest of all time” would crush Weidman’s psyche and he’d falter as soon as he actually got into the ring.
But it didn’t work, even at the weigh-in when Silva’s antics began, Weidman seemed confused but never intimidated. And once the actual fight started Weidman’s stony façade was legit and he wasn’t intimidated. So when Silva started the same antics he used so effectively against Stephan Bonnar, Cote, and everyone else, Weidman didn’t flinch, instead he abandoned his takedown attempts and went right after him. And it wasn’t too much longer before Weidman connected and knocked him out. And that final punch was for all the years of frustration of seeing Silva clowning on his opponents for so foolishly falling for this stupid and childish tactic. I don’t mean to take away from Weidman’s accomplishment because he did so much and proved himself, but what he did was the obvious thing to do, and because of the mental game and lack of focus from most, no one did it before.
Big thumbs up.
Best match: weidman/silva
Worst: none on main card, all good battles
Even before the main event I think the level of expertise on display
was awesome and card was a success.
Gracie you know has world class bjj, but his body language was awful &
it materialized in the fight. Maybe too much of a weight cut, and he
is in no mans land as 205 is too heavy for him.
Weidman showed both skill and composure, silva while still the best
all time looked one or two hairs slower, maybe what meltzer said about
Father Time & world-class-reflexes proved true and he can't get away
w/ these antics anymore. This may be a replay of penn/Edgar fights
where penn could not recover once he slipped up.
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