I have only watched highlights and the knockout, so maybe there was more to this, but the clips I have seen look like the animated guide to throwing a fight. To put this in the context of the usual suspect hype and the "knockout" of the night bonus, credibility has tanked. Anyone see the entire fight. Please tell me there was much more to it.
I've read a number of comments of "Silva threw the fight", "He wanted to lose", etc etc. My take on that: horse****. If he wanted to throw the fight, he would have tapped after allowing the attempted ankle/knee bar to actually happen in the 1st round.
Silva was showboating from the beginning of the 2nd round, and he was faking a big punch landing when one did, followed by another, and he was KO'd. His speech was all about not apologizing for what he did, and pumping the tires of Weidman who'd just handed him his lunch and taken his belt away. The KO was for real, and you don't throw a fight by a lucky punch rolling your eyes back in your head.
I think the rematch will see Silva smarten up and take the fight seriously for all 25 minutes....or as long as the fight lasts. -- All of us get lost in the darkness, dreamers learn to steer by the stars All of us do time in the gutter, dreamers turn to look at the cars - Peart / Lifeson / Lee Join Team Helix
Silva's showboating is what cost him this fight, after throwing a crescent kick (Silva) at Weidman he puts his hands down (Silva) and starts to showboat and gets his ass knocked out. He's done the very same thing in all his fights and sooner or later it was going to catch up to him and did in this fight.
I've been watching Silva since he was in Pride getting his ass kicked. I've never bought the "best pound for pound fighter" hype. Was he a great fighter? Yes. Is he still a great fighter? By this effort we don't know. When he did throw it was some very nice leg kicks but being immediately taken down I think scared him hence the theatrics that he's been prone to. He went way overboard.
Makes me wonder now about Jones. I think he could cut down to 185 and I think Weidman's belt would be easy pickings. -- Up on your wall hangs your degree, Your parents craved so much for you
Right after the fight he offered a rematch but it's not up to him obviously. I think we'll see a bunch of 205'ers start cutting down. Nothing against the kid he's a great wrestler but he doesn't have all the weapons to be a long time champ. It's going to be very interesting in seeing how they set up his next match. -- Up on your wall hangs your degree, Your parents craved so much for you
True but the real power at UFC is Joe Silva. He controls all the matches.
What I would like to see is UFC live up to the image they try to perpetuate. For all their posturing about sportsmanship, etc there's far too much showboating invading a sport that I love because of it's lack of it. It's becoming friggin' wrestling. I'll offer TUF as evidence. I always fast-forward to the fight because I don't really care about a bunch of kids in a house.
Maybe because I cut my MMA teeth solely on Pride I've never embraced the bastardized American version. No 90 degree elbows? No knees to the head on the mat? Really drags down the ground action.
Silva should have part of purse taken as an example of what not to do in the cage. Go in, respect your opponent, fight hard, and STFU. This fight didn't help the UFC's cause. -- Up on your wall hangs your degree, Your parents craved so much for you