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There is a lingering query on struggle followers minds: “Did Anderson Silva throw the battle towards Chris Weidman in UFC 162 this final Saturday?” Though the twitter-sphere, blogosphere, and Facebook newsfeed has blown up just lately with tales of how and why Anderson Silva threw his battle, I assume Dana White’s colourful submit-struggle feedback that these individuals “are (expletive) idiots”, is a little more correct, and that they need to in all probability not dismiss probably the most completed UFC fighter thus far. Instead, let me supply a unique perspective.

If you watch the primary spherical of the Silva vs. Weidman bout, Weidman proved, early on, the identical factor that Chael Sonnen proved, that Silva’s Achilles heel is dealing with excessive-degree wrestlers whose focus is primarily Ground-and-Pound. Chael Sonnen managed to place Silva on his again each spherical in UFC 117, touchdown a brutalizing 320 strikes, to Silva’s dismal sixty four all through the battle, after which Silva, pulled out a miraculous triangle choke with 1m50s left within the remaining spherical. Anderson Silva realized early on towards Weidman, that he didn’t need to repeat this type of historical past.

My principle, Anderson Silva realized B-minute into the battle, that he was utterly out-classed on the bottom, and knew that his greatest shot can be to maintain the battle standing. After the preliminary takedown, Silva spent the remainder of his battle with Weidman baiting, cajoling, and even begging Weidman to maintain it standing. In between spherical one and two, Silva could be seen pointing to the gang, and screaming “stand-up, stand-up” from throughout the ring.

This isn’t the primary time we now have seen such histrionics within the cage from Silva, though, by no means to such an excessive. Silva’s thoughts video games are what has stored lots of his fights off the bottom. All we should always do as struggle followers is reward younger Chris Weidman, for holding his head on a swivel, defending his chin, containing his feelings, and making certain his strikes fired down the pipe.

Perhaps Silva’s hubris is what obtained him knocked out on Saturday, and maybe Joe Rogan is true, that “This is a lesson for younger fighters”, however lest I remind you, that this similar hubris is what made him probably the most completed fighter of all time.

All that being stated, the 5-second spotlight of Silva pretending to be harm, solely to be walloped with an over-hand proper was, and can proceed to be maybe probably the most gratifying spotlight for battle followers for years to return.

By Philip Gephardt

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