UFC 162 is in the books from Las Vegas and we have a new middleweight champion after Chris Weidman scored an emphatic knockout over Anderson Silva. Weidman scored an early takedown, but Silva got up and proceeded to showboat the rest of the round. The second saw more dancing from Silva, but Weidman eventually tagged Silva with a massive left hook and some subsequent bombs on the ground. An unbelievable victory.
Frankie Edgar met Charles Oliveira in his first non-title fight since 2009. Edgar came out looking sharp, landing some crisp boxing combinations mixed with some takedowns. Oliveira ate a ton of shots and tried to fight back with his Muay Thai. “The Answer” landed in the guillotine after a big slam to end the second. Oliveira landed some good punches in the third, but Edgar began teeing off with some absolute bombs to gain the unanimous decision victory.
Roger Gracie and Tim Kennedy made their Strikeforce debuts at 185. The multi-time BJJ champion took the fight to the ground as expected, looking for a choke from Kennedy’s back. Kennedy won the second round by controlling with strikes from the clinch. Both fighters looked gassed in the last round, and Kennedy won via unanimous decision.
Mark Munoz and Tim Boetsch came out ready to fight at middleweight. After an early slam by Boetsch, Munoz scored a few takedowns of his own. The first round ended with Munoz scoring some nice clean power shots. Munoz tripped Boetsch early in the second and spent the most of the round landing brutal shots from top position. The last round saw Munoz dominate with some huge ground-and-pound. Munoz took home the unanimous decision, but Tim Boetsch was an insanely tough combatant.
Cub Swanson and Dennis Siver fought a battle at featherweight. Siver spent most of the first in dominant position on the ground, but Swanson recovered in the second with a great throw. In the third, Swanson came out throwing some heavy leather, felling Siver with a series of right hands before finishing it with some precise ground-and-pound.
UFC 162 Main Card Results:
Chris Weidman def. Anderson Silva via TKO (punches)
Frankie Edgar def. Charles Oliveira via unanimous decision
Tim Kennedy def. Roger Gracie via unanimous decision
Mark Munoz def. Tim Boetsch via unanimous decision
Cub Swanson def. Dennis Siver via R3 TKO (strikes)
UFC 162 Lowkick Fight Night Awards:
Performance of the Night: The nod here can go to none other than new middleweight champion Chris Weidman, who silenced Anderson Silva’s taunting with a vicious combo of power strikes.
Finish of the Night: There were some great finishes on tonight’s card, and Gabriel Gonzaga deserves recognition for his 17-second KO of Dave Herman, as do Cub Swanson and Edson Barboza for the triple nod.
Upset of the Night: Chris Weidman upset arguably the greatest fighter of all time, so he deservedly receives the double award.