UFC 162 Aftermath: Anderson Silva slain by his own arrogance
LAS VEGAS — It was in everyone’s best interests late Saturday night to pretend that Anderson Silva wasn’t done in by his own hubris.
In Chris Weidman’s case, the idea that he simply got lucky and caught someone who was clowning could overshadow his very real, significant accomplishment. He wasn’t intimidated by Silva’s aura, kept his focus, and did what so many considered impossible in knocking out Silva in the MGM Grand Garden Arena octagon at UFC 162.
If you look at the reign of Anderson Silva, for all the much-deserved plaudits thrown his way for his brilliance, there was always the other side.
A different Anderson Silva showed up in the cage when he thought his challenger was unworthy. There was the bizarre Patrick Cote fight. The excruciating Thales Leites matchup. The clowning against Demian Maia.
You didn’t see that side of Silva against Rich Franklin. Or Dan Henderson. Or Chael Sonnen. Whenever Silva felt seriously threatened, we saw Silva the killer in action.
But the Cote/Leites/Maia version of Silva re-emerged against Weidman, and it finally caught up with him.
By Dave Doyle on Jul 7 2013, 2:46p