UFC Free $50 Pay-Per-View Of The Day: Anderson Silva VS. Chris Weidman

UFC Free $50 Pay-Per-View Of The Day: Anderson Silva VS. Chris Weidman

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The date was July 6th of this year and the place, the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada; the event, Anderson Silva’s middleweight title defense, his first in a year, and as against the undefeated challenger Chris Weidman; the price, $50 on pay-per-view.

Silva entered the ring as his old confident self and Weidman stood across the ring seemingly unmoved or intimidate by his presence.

The outcome of the fight is now infamous. On the one hand it is heralded and praised, by both Weidman’s fans and Silva’s detractors, alike. On the other hand, Silva’s fans scoff at the matches result, believing that Silva clowned his way through the match and paid for it. In essence, that Silva, more or less, handed Weidman the win. Accordingly, “The Spider’s” devoted fans declare that second time through Silva will prove Weidman’s win a fluke and that he’ll T/KO his opponent upon their second meeting.

In review of the fight, Silva’s fans may be right, but then again they may be wrong, too.

Silva looked crisp and very loose through the fight (rounds one & two) and was throwing some blistering kicks that must surely have been hurting Weidman. To the point, Silva’s fans will argue that Weidman was lucky on his punch and that if he’s not lucky again, or he can’t get Silva off of his feet, that the champ will lay Weidman low and reclaim his title on the 28th of this month.

Where Silva fans might be wrong would be that Weidman’s punch was lucky and that Silva lost, because he was clowning around.

To Weidman’s fans, they’d tell you that he hit Silva with a punch that he had been trained for. Weidman’s boxing coach, Ray Longo, would agree; no luck involved. Further Chris’s fans would say that Silva wasn’t clowning at all, but rather putting on another one of his masterful performances. The only problem was that he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. That he weaved, when he should have bobbed.

In watching the fight again, it’s really hard not to argue all the points. Silva looked great, there’s no two ways about it and his fans had nothing to complain of. He looked on point, and from the moment of getting back to his feet in the first, to the moment that he got knocked out in the second, Weidman’s fans were on the edge of their seats waiting for the hammer to be lowered on Chris. However and as we all know, that didn’t happen.   

Can Silva win the rematch and his title back at UFC 168? Yes.

However, Weidman fans know that, as does Chris and his camp and they’re still not intimidated. Weidman will go into this fight not with a win, but an edge. On some level he must be in Silva’s head and that might be the only additional advantage Weidman needs to win the sequel bout, and retain his title.

That said, should Silva win the match, no one, including Chris and his fans should be surprised. He is a master of stand-up, timing and execution and a wizard baiting his opponents. He’s a three card monte game on the feet and as Weidman is the only one that’s ever found the queen, it will be interesting to see if he can find it again on the 28th.

Don’t forget, the fight is available on pay-per-view at a charge of $55.   

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Zip Zip

    $55
    In 2009, Dana White: "If you don't think that we have a CFO and (expletive) aggressive guys in the company that want to raise pay-per-view and do all this (expletive), I won't do it. I'll (expletive) go on record right now and say I will not raise pay-per-view . . . I won't raise it again."

    Hey Dana, you greedy, dishonest, steroid bloated, womanizing, even your own mother can't stand you, sister-in-law banging, disgusting, foul mouthed, liar,

    Go f*ck yourself.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

      Sharp of funny, sharp or funny?

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

      You cant pat Dana on the back too much, something might spurt out the top of his head.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/jdnextchamp jdnextchamp

    It's already 60$ here in Québec, I hope it won't go up to 65$ now :(

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

      I view this whole thing as one massive PR failure on behalf of the UFC.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

    Chris should have imitated the wobble dance over Anderson's limp body then flip him off. Azzhat jerk0ff.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/SatelliteMan SatelliteMan

    Man…Re-watching that fight without all the emotion, Weidman was getting the best of every position other than leg kicks. I am rooting for the Spider, but man this is one up-hill battle for him.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Zip Zip

      Yup, aside from leg kicks, Chris got the better of all of it. And it was actually a backhand that prevented AS from countering, as well as setting up the KO.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/HATEOCRACY HATEOCRACY

        This is the second time i watched this fight & i can see why Silva was crying after the fight, letting that slow azz jab k.o. him. Try watching this without volume & check out how confused CW face & body language was after they got off the ground.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Zip Zip

          I've watched it 20 times over Hate, with and without volume, and Chris beat his a$$ each time. Actually, the face you should watch is Mr. Silva's. Dazed, confused, bewildered, and looking at eminent defeat. It will be no different next time. Enjoy your blunt Hate, and Happy Holidays :)

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Zip Zip

            Danm, weaked again, wonder if it was you Hate. Shoot, who knows.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

            It's ok, anyone who speaks their minds ends up have "weak bots" who come along afterwards clicking their little mouses off. Sometimes they dont even post in the thread, just makes them feel they got a little revenge in their own little world of their mind.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

            Sorry Stewie, I accidentally clicked funny. I meant to click sharp. :-(

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/SatelliteMan SatelliteMan

          Not to nitpick bit it was a left hook not a jab

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Zip Zip

            Not really much of a left hook. It just landed, AS is not used to that.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

      Lots of guys started out good against Silva.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/SatelliteMan SatelliteMan

        Yeah, but no one's really gotten the best of the Spider standing up, as far as I can remember at least. Usually it's on the ground, then he blasts them into outer space with something straight out of the Matrix.

        Truth is I like Weidman a lot, but the Spider is a damn hero at this point, a legend, one that won't quit! Goddamn.. Here's to the Spider finding his inner Neo this fight.

        I hope he finds his inne

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/SatelliteMan SatelliteMan

          Ignore the start of that last sentence.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

            "I hope he finds his inne"
            He's been looking at his belly button for weeks and determined he has an "outie"

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Zip Zip

            Now that is funny Entity :)

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/SatelliteMan SatelliteMan

            Lol. .Nicely done, Entity

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

          Chael hit Silva with a good few standing, so did Bonnar and Okami. It's just he relied on his chin and let them hit him. I don't think Chris was getting lucky shots just shots that were in many cases allowed and that stuff has to catch up to you. I wonder if Chris would ever let the Silva hit him like that?

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Zip Zip

        Either falcon or Satellite weaked me, I'm deeply saddened.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/SatelliteMan SatelliteMan

          Got nothin but love for ya zip

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Zip Zip

            Same here my friend. Wish you nothing but the best :)

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

          Not me Zip.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/watermelonfresh watermelon fresh

    Thank you, Brian for the video.

    Here's what I saw:

    Weidman may pose problems with ground and pound if he gets SIlva down again but It seemed like once Silva figured out his spacing he would be able to stuff most takedowns as he did in 2nd round.

    Silva is definitely faster and superior striker BUT when he dropped his hands Weidman was hitting him and Silva could not slip many of those punches, that's why he got knocked out.

    Weidman looked scared when Silva started clowning, he got in Weidman's head.

    Silva had an emotional meltdown- He has done this before and lost his way in there. I think the rematch is going to be tough for Silva, I am curious to how SIlva approaches this fight, if he's going to be very technical and cautious and not take risks or if he will do more of the same with dropping hands. I am guessing we will see a more reserved Silva this time around. Also, I am guessing both Nog bros will be there and many more of his team this time around for support.

    Anderson Silva is the most exciting fighter I've watched compete. Sure other guys get into bloodbaths but Silva does crazy things and wins in spectacular fashion and is unmatched.

    How sad is it our great fighters are riding off in the sunset? Penn, GSP, Silva, Fedor – Those guys were amazing in prime and the reason I watched MMA in the first place.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

      I think Shogun is still standing beside his horse, we dont know quite yet.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Zip Zip

      Rose colored glasses watermelon, gets you nowhere.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

      WF, I won't be shocked if Silva wins. In replay, his kicks were nasty, his movement was great, all of it. A Weidman fan would have to be a fool to think that Chris can't lose. Personally, I have fear of Chris losing.

      That said, I know he's a tremendously motivated young man and one with a lot of heart. I also have to figure that he's enjoying being champ and figured out that's where the big money is. In short, he's motivated.

      I think Chris intends to avoid the stand-up and look to end the fight on the ground and negate Silva's greater strength; making him fight with his lesser ground game.

      Either way, this is a great fight and well matched. Perhaps this time through Silva's fans will see it the same way, because last match they were basically laughing at Chris. Hopefully, by KO'ing their hero, he might now get that respect.

      Enjoy the bout.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/watermelonfresh watermelon fresh

    Good observation. His kicks were great. I think Silva may pull it out but Weidman's tds are the key here. It's 50/50 at this point. Lesson… Silva should have made sure to beat Weidman the first time and set him back a couple of years because Weidman can only improve over next few years and Silva can only age

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

      Thats Silvas biggest problem is that I can see his age in his fights of late. He's still got the skills and technique but he has lost that fire and I notice a drop in speed too.