Weidman’s victory over Anderson Silva was amazing to say the least. But as an astute and bewildered observer, I couldn’t help but wonder if somehow the fight had been fixed. It was an overall feeling I had which was then interesting to note others in the media felt as well. Before we consider if there was foul play, it is imperative to note why myself and others were so shocked at the outcome. The fight should not in anyone’s mind have gone the way it did. If Weidman was to win, it would have been by decision, much like the one Chael Sonnon should have gotten in the first fight. But a Weidman knockout in the second round? — one in a million chance. In order to ponder the points made above, it is imperative to separate the general bewilderment with such an outcome and the actual evidence that there might have been foul play. If we want to go down that dangerous road, the evidence would be as follows:
1. In the first round Weidman took Silva down very easily, more than I have ever seen in any of Silva’s fights and far easier than Chael Sonnen was able to do. Weidman further held Silva down longer and did more damage than anyone else. With such ease why didn’t Weidman take him down again in the first round and was so horribly unsuccessful in the second? Whether this proves anything, people would have to agree that there has never been such a dichotomy between two take downs from the same fighter against the same opponent in UFC history.
2. Didn’t Anderson Silva’s moves seem a bit….I don’t know, off? His kicks seemed lazy, timed and not as sharp as they have been. His punches lacked finesse and were all over the place, never connecting with precision. I understand that the hands down approach is his way to goad people in, but this was very sloppy and very un-Anderson Silva.
3. I don’t know how hard the punch was from Weidman that put Silva on his back but judging by the replay over and over again, it didn’t seem to be in full force. I know with gloves so small anything can happen, but this is Anderson Silva at the end of the day. The greatest UFC fighter ever. The man who stood in front of Forest Griffin, Stephan Bonnar and others with his hands down and let them punch him in the face over and over. Now all of a sudden he is being laid out cold by a Chris Weidman cross? Seems strange. Further, when the fight was finished Anderson Silva was so dazed that he grabbed onto the refs legs and tried to wrestle him down. I don’t know how to put it, but this just seemed very fake.
4. When the fight was stopped, Weidman seemed happy but not as ecstatic as one would think for being on the positive side of one of the greatest upsets in sports history. I don’t mean to sound like TV police who accuse a husband of murder because he was not crying enough when they told him his wife has been killed, but it would just seem that Weidman could have been a little more excited and teary eyed at pulling off when many conisdered an impossible task. Even during the press conference it seemed like it was just another day at the office for him, not that he just made the impossible possible by knocking out Anderson Silva.
5. Did you notice how defensive Dana White got when asked about a fixed fight in the post-fight interviews and further how defensive he seemed when asked about the fight in general? There was something different about him for sure.
Yet, if the fight was fixed, what would possibly be the reason? Does Anderson Silva want to retire and this is his way of doing it? Was he threatened into throwing away the fight? Was Weidman in on it or was it a solo act, or is the whole UFC behind it from Dana White on down in an attempt to shake up the most stagnated division in the UFC and create a new champion? It was a little strange, don’t you think, how so many fighters and analysts predicted a Weidman victory. Not to take away anything from Weidman, but Anderson Silva is the greatest fighter ever and his last two fights were his best yet. How was everyone so sure Weidman was going to win?
In the end, stranger things have happened and the Chris Weidman spectacular victory is probably just that. But if someone decided to investigate this some more, let’s just say I wouldn’t stop them.