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After six years, eight months and 22 days, Anderson
Silva finally relinquished his hold on the Ultimate Fighting
Championship middleweight throne.
Weidman knocked out a clowning Silva with a left hook and
follow-up ground strikes in the UFC 162 headliner on Saturday at
the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, becoming the sixth
middleweight champion in the promotion’s 20-year history. The
unbeaten Weidman (10-0, 6-0 UFC) brought the match to a shocking
and decisive close 78 seconds into round two.
“I felt I was destined for this, but it still felt a little
far-fetched,” Weidman said. “I imagined it a billion times, but it
still feels surreal. Ray Longo brought in guys in my camp to play
with me and do things to mess with my head. It pisses me off when
someone tries to do that to me. I knew little by little I was going
to creep up on him and then eventually get him.”
The loss was Silva’s first legitimate defeat since December 2004
and snapped a string of 17 consecutive victories. The 38-year-old
Brazilian had never before been stopped by strikes.
“No one is invincible,” Weidman said. “Respect to Anderson. I would
love to have a rematch. I didn’t want to say it during my camp, but
I looked up to that guy for a long time.”
Weidman took down Silva in the first round, softened him with
ground-and-pound and aggressively fished for two leg locks, first a
kneebar and then a heel hook. Once “The Spider” returned to his
feet, he started the uncomfortable process of toying with his
challenger in a scene that has grown familiar to mixed martial arts
followers. However, his taunting caught up to him early in the
second round, as Weidman floored and finished him at the feet of
referee Herb Dean.
“Chris is the champion now,” said Silva, who had held the title
since Oct. 14, 2006. “I’ve finished my working. I won’t fight for
the belt anymore. Chris is the new champion. No, [I’m not
retiring]. I have 10 more fights [on my contract], but I won’t
fight any more for the belt. I’m tired. My time for the belt is
Edgar Takes First Featherweight Victory
In the co-main event, former lightweight champion Frankie
Edgar picked up his first win at 145 pounds, as he captured a
unanimous verdict from Brazilian prospect Charles
Oliveira. Edgar (16-4-1, 10-4-1 UFC) swept the scorecards by
30-27, 29-28 and 30-27 counts.
“The Answer” stayed a step ahead of Oliveira (16-4, 4-4 UFC) with
excellent footwork and quick, accurate punching combinations. The
23-year-old Macaco Gold Team representative had his moments -- he
grabbed a tight guillotine choke at the end of the second round --
but they were too few and far between to factor into the division.
Edgar staggered him with right hands in the first and third rounds,
all while keeping him off-balance with clinches, timely takedowns
“It felt just as hard as a five-round fight,” said Edgar, who had
not appeared in a three-round bout since December 2009. “His
toughness [surprised me]. I thought I had him hurt. I was really
looking to finish him in the third, but I think his height
[prevented] me from landing the power shot.”
The win halted Edgar’s three-fight losing streak.
“I’ve been through hell in these last three fights,” he said. “I’m
climbing my way back.”
Kennedy beat Gracie at his own game.
Kennedy Outduels, Outpoints Gracie
Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts standout Tim Kennedy
won for the eighth time in 10 appearances, as he snatched a
unanimous decision over 10-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion
Gracie in a middleweight showcase. All three judges sided with
Kennedy (16-4, 1-0 UFC): 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.
Gracie’s best chance at real success came and went in the first
round. There, the London-based Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt
brought the battle to the ground and transitioned to Kennedy’s
back, securing the position with a body triangle. Unable to sink a
submission, Gracie (6-2, 0-1 UFC) ultimately surrendered top
position. From there, Kennedy was in control. He landed occasional
takedowns and wore Gracie down in the clinch, sapping him of
much-needed energy and locking down his first win inside the
Munoz Ground-and-Pound Thwarts Boetsch
Takedowns, savage ground-and-pound and superb submission defense
carried Mark Munoz to
a unanimous verdict over Tim Boetsch
in a featured middleweight matchup. All three cageside judges
scored it for Munoz (13-3, 8-3 UFC): 30-26, 30-27 and 29-28.
A two-time NCAA All-American wrestler, Munoz grounded “The
Barbarian” in all three rounds. He racked up points with brutal
punches and hammerfists to the legs, body and head, forcing Boetsch
(16-6, 7-5 UFC) to cover up in order to survive. Munoz has won five
of his past six bouts.
“I feel amazing right now,” he said. “I really went through a
depression that I never thought I would. I’m living proof of what
you can do with determination and will. That’s what I do best. I
told you Donkey Kong was going to show up today, and that’s what I
Swanson Wins Fifth Straight
Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts export Cub Swanson
posted his fifth consecutive win, as he stopped Dennis Siver
on third-round punches in a featherweight showcase. Swanson (20-5,
5-1 UFC) finished it 2:24 into round three.
Siver (21-9, 10-6 UFC) fired the first salvo, driving the Brazilian
jiu-jitsu black belt to the ground on a failed kick attempt in the
first round. Swanson slowly turned the corner in the second, where
his speed advantage took hold. The punches flew quicker and more
accurately as the fight deepened. In the third round, Swanson
cracked the Russian-born German with pinpoint right hands. He
trailed the fallen Siver to the mat, closing him out with
“I’ve got to let the fans decide [what I do next],” Swanson said.
“I’ve got to win them over to get the title shot. If the fans love
me, it will happen.”More UFC 162 »
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