July 6th, 2013 will be marked forever as one of the greatest underdog stories in UFC history.
The main event Anderson Silva(33-5) was on a 17 fight win streak(10 title defenses). that spanned across 7 years.
His opponent Chris Weidman(10-0) was sporting a 9 fight win streak spanning across 4 years. Many people thought Weidman had the best chance to beat Silva, and many people were beginning the wonder when Anderson Silva will start showing his age.
During the second round Anderson Silva has Weidman where he wanted him in a stand up game, but then he did something he has done a thousand times(with success I might add), and that is him juking, and dancing with his hands down. Only this time Weidman saw right through this, and pressed forwards, and starting landing shots to his jaw, on the third one we witness history. Anderson Silva was rocked, and Weidman continued to press with punches on the ground, and won by TKO. The knockout looked just like Rocky when he first dropped Apollo in the first movie.
In Anderson Silva fashion he was professional even in defeat. He had a eerily calm about him. Even in his post fight interview all he said was Chris is new champion, I am tired, no rematch.
What followed made me sick, the crowd that loved Silva turned on him, and the place erupted with boo's towards the former champion. It was sickening because this was a man that has not lost in 7 years, and they started to be when he started thanking America, and Dana for the opportunities he has had. The event was held in Las Vegas. MMA fans are the most ungrateful bunch I have ever seen. This man deserved no less then a standing ovation for his run as UFC champion, instead he was jeered, and booed by a bunch of drunks.
Many think the fight was fixed. This is a farce created by those who either do not follow MMA, and have seen the corruption in boxing, those who are Silva fans looking for an excuse so they don't have to deal with Silva loosing legitimately.
Silva got caught, just like many other great champions have done. Serra got a lucky hit on GSP, no one started to say GSP threw that fight.
Silva was tired, and it was obvious that he might of taken the fight a bit to lightly. Being Champion for that long, and all the media obligations, I am sure he is worn out mentally. But to say he threw the fight is just Bull, unless you can submit evidence that he intentionally threw the fight it is all speculation.
I am aware of the Pre fight interview where he was talking about how Weidman winning would be the perfect ending, but after hearing his other interviews it sounded more like sarcasm.