UFC 168 was a monumental event because it featured a middleweight championship between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva. Weidman came into the rematch with the belt, having knocked out Silva in their first outing. Weidman rode this momentum into the rematch, dominating Silva in the first round.
Then, in the second, Weidman checked Silva’s leg kick perfectly, breaking Silva’s leg in the process. The injury was too severe for Silva to continue, and he had to undergo surgery immediately after the bout. Silva would give fans hope soon after by saying he wants to come back and fight after he fully recovers.
Dana White reported several days ago that Silva would be off crutches in 30 days. Now, after speaking with some reporters in regards to his bout with Weidman, he believes that Weidman didn’t beat him straight up and shouldn’t consider it a win. Instead of saying Weidman beat him outright, he went on to say that Weidman’s checked leg quick was instinctual rather than skill. Here’s what he had to say to Globo in regards to his loss at UFC 168:
“I believe that, if you pay attention to these technical details, you will see that (checking the kick) was instinct, not something that he trained to do.”
Evidently Silva forgot the fact that Weidman dominated him in the first round of the rematch, almost stopping the bout entirely. For him to say Weidman’s checked leg kick was purely instinctual is incorrect, and he should give Weidman the respect he deserves for beating him when no one else in the UFC could. Weidman even went on record after the bout by saying he prepared specifically to check Silva’s kicks since it was a weak point of his in the first fight.
Silva needs to admit it was technique and skill that caused him to lose at UFC 168, and Weidman was the better man in both fights. No one is invincible, and the sooner that Silva admits he lost to the better man, the better off he will be in the long run. He will then have some closure, and he won’t have to live in denial any longer.