Middleweight – Anderson Silva (C) vs. Chris Weidman
Coming in with a record of an astounding 33 wins and only 4 losses, Anderson, the Spider, Silva is one of the most feared and revered fighters in all of MMA and the UFC. Silva, who hasn’t lost since 2006, is on a 17 fight win streak. Capable of vicious knockouts and exceptional submission offense, Silva has proven to the MMA world that he is arguably the greatest fighter ever.
On the other side of the octagon stands, undefeated, Chris Weidman. Who is coming off his own momentum with a streak of 9 wins leading up to UFC 162 and could be a huge threat to the UFC Champion, Silva. Confident and ready, Weidman tells Fuel TV’s UFC Tonight;
“I feel like any goal you have, you kind of have to live from that goal, so I’m living with that belt on right now. I’m already feeling that belt around my waist. I just have to make it happen on Saturday, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
In Weidman’s last fight, he knocked out Mark Muñoz with a devastating elbow strike to the head. Muñoz was mid-strike with a large overhand right punch when Weidman, almost effortlessly, threw a short elbow strike fast enough to interupt Muñoz’s overhand right which sent him to the ground where Weidman finished the fight. We haven’t seen use of elbows like this since Jon “Bones” Jones has made it a regularity in his fights and if Weidman can stay on top of his game, Anderson Silva will have a lot to deal with at UFC 162.
Aside from struggles against his first fight with Chael Sonnen, Anderson Silva has looked near perfect with a record to be dreamt of and an arsenal of knockouts, submissions, dodges and unpredictable striking. There is no doubt Silva can easily shutdown any hopes Weidman has of capturing the Middleweight Title that has eluded any other fighter’s hands for nearly 7 years but a few analysts and even some UFC fighters like Welterweight Champion, George St. Pierre, are putting their money on Weidman to pull off one of the greatest victories in MMA/UFC history. This is what GSP had to say about Silva vs Weidman:
“My friend, Chris Weidman…I see him in training every day, I believe he’s gonna beat Anderson Silva. I believe he’s a bad match-up for Anderson Silva, very bad. Not only is he gonna beat…I believe he’s gonna finish Anderson Silva. It’s not gonna be too long, that fight.”
GSP gave this statement when providing his answer for why he decided to take the fight against Johnny Hendricks at UFC 167, this September, instead of waiting for a UFC Superfight against the Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva. GSP truly believes Weidman will put an end to the reign of terror Silva has enlisted on the UFC Middleweights for so long and we here at Sports News Reports don’t disagree with GSP on this stance and we too are taking Weidman in what could go down as one of the greatest fights in UFC’s history.
There are many other great fights lined up at UFC 162 as this card looks impossible to disappoint any MMA fan. Even the UFC Prelims should have some exciting fights with everything leading up to one of the most electric Main Cards that the UFC has produced this year.
UPDATED 12:40PM: Results of Bouts and Anderson Silva KO clip
Middleweight – Anderson Silva (C) vs. *Chris Weidman [Weidman wins by KO and becomes the NEW Middleweight Champion]
Featherweight -*Frankie Edgar vs. Charles Oliveira [Edgar wins by unanimous decision]
Middleweight - *Tim Kennedy vs. Roger Grocie [Tim Kennedy wins by unanimous deicion]
Middleweight – *Mark Muñoz vs. Tim Boetsch – [Muñoz wins by unanimous decious]
Featherweight – *Cub Swanson vs. Dennis Silver [Swanson wins by KO (punches)]
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Middleweight – Chris Leben vs. *Andrew Craig [Craig wins by split decision]
Lightweight – *Norman Parke vs. Kazuki Tokudome [Parke wins by unanimous decision]
Heavyweight – *Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Dave Derman [Gonzaga wins by KO (punches)]
Lightweight - Edson *Barboza vs. Rafaello Oliveira [Barboza wins by TKO (leg kicks)]
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Welterweight – Seth Baczynski vs. Brian Melancon
Welterweight – Mike Pierce vs. David Mitchell
Anderson Silva Knocked Out by Chris Weidman – Ending nearly a seven year title defense streak.
Sources: UFC: Ultime Fighting Championship