So I decided to wait a week before I reviewed the UFC 162 fight card. I wanted to sit back and watch the controversy of the main event unfold over the course of the following week. That and I have a job that currently limits my daytime and waking hours. The card was excellent and I was very happy with the caliber of fights that took place. Even the fights that went the distance seemed to remain entertaining throughout.
There were a few stand out fighters that I thought did an exceptional job in their fights. Cub Swanson had an excellent fight against Dennis Siver who, by the way, looks like an evil Nazi henchman/Hitler’s wet dream. Edson Barboza DESTROYED Rafaello Oliveira’s legs with kicks that resulted in a TKO. Gabriel Gonzaga put away Dave Herman in an impressive 17 seconds, though I think that the fight was stopped a little prematurely and that maybe referee Kim Winslow had a bad angle when Herman went to the ground. Mark Munoz looked great in his return to the octagon as well, gaining a decision over Tim Boetsch. Unfortunately, a fight that I was looking forward to, Roger Gracie and Tim Kennedy, was not as explosive as I thought it would be. Kennedy proved to be much more prepared for this fight despite a significant height and reach disadvantage. Kennedy also managed to handle Gracie on the ground with what appeared to be very little problem. Gracie looked gassed out very early and was dominated for most of the fight, giving Kennedy the decision.
The fight of the night went (rightfully so) to Frankie Edgar and Charles Oliveira. This was a full out war in which Edgar seemed to constantly have an edge even when he wasn’t exploding with some of the most impressive stand up combinations I’ve witnessed. I’m a huge fan of Edgar and seeing the fight go to decision put a slight pit in my stomach because of how many close and (some might say) robbed decisions he has received. This decision was unanimous in the favor of Edgar and he proves that he is still a title worthy contender in his still fairly new position in the featherweight division. I just want to see this guy finish some fights and really turn up the heat. He’s very explosive and entertaining to watch.
As the main event was hyping up between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman, I was watching all the highlights flash by of Anderson just owning each and every one of his past opponents and couldn’t help but feel a weird vibe in the air. I literally thought to myself, “what if Silva just decides that he is tired of this and allows himself to be knocked out?” It wasn’t anything that I expected to actually occur at the moment and was more of a fleeting thought than a serious one. Both fighters looked great. It’s hard to not like Silva because he is so damn entertaining and it’s also hard to not like Chris Weidman. Weidman has been dominating opponents in the UFC with ease since his debut in March of 2011 and has even taken fights with the likes of Demien Maia on just 11 days notice, which is an amazing feat making his weight and all (UFC on Fox 2). Even after watching this fight several times, I still wasn’t sure what outcome I wanted or expected. I just wanted a good fight regardless. Give me a good three or three and a half rounds of good hard fighting with a clear winner and I’d be happy with either hand raised. It went almost exactly opposite of that.
Aside: It is interesting to note here that after this event happened, it was like everyone in the world was a UFC viewer and avid critic. Nice to meet you all! Shitheads. Quit relying on ESPN for your sports info and thinking that you’re an expert because you can regurgitate the things that SportsCenter anchors are regurgitating to you. Can’t wait to see you cheer when/if Silva wins his title back saying, “see? I told you that guy was good.” Assholes.
Most of us know that Anderson lost the fight while taunting the young Chris Weidman. I’ve heard plenty of people say that the fight was “thrown” or “Silva took a dive.” I really don’t believe that. I feel that, consciously or subconsciously, Anderson Silva wanted to lose. He’s been the champ for 7 years. He’s fought and defeated the best in his weight class for 7 years. He’s had a full plate of press and training and focus for 7 damn years. I think he got mentally lazy and detached from what he became, the greatest pound for pound fighter we have ever been lucky enough to be alive and witness. Until someone else holds that belt longer than he did, no one will hold that status. It’s akin to having a job that you are really good at but not passionate about. There comes a point where you let things fuck up in order to have something different to do. I think this was Anderson Silva’s way of letting his work fuck up and giving him something to strive for. You have to admit that having NOTHING to work toward on a different level can be defeating. Hell, I’ve capped out the wage for my job title where I work and haven’t had a raise in over 4 years. Mostly that is my choice but it does wear on a person. What’s the motivation when you are as far as you can get and you turn around to see no one keeping up with you? Maybe you just sit down and wait for the pack to catch up so you can have something to catch up to. “Satisfaction is the death of desire,” as it has been said several times. Anderson Silva will remain the greatest fighter for possibly our lifetime.
History when it comes to arts, sports, or any form of expression is hilarious to me. It isn’t fully appreciated until “the good ole days” are behind us and we are looking back on them. The same goes for when a musician or artist or author dies. Record sales, art value, copies sold all sky rocket because now those forms of expression have become finite and that source of whatever expression you you so crave has now dried up. I don’t appreciate that Anderson Silva didn’t take this fight seriously but I do relish the fact that I am living to see him in his prime. He has made himself a staple in any in-depth MMA conversation. He grabbed a lot of heat from MMA fans that now act like they always disliked him, which is bullshit. People just love to see the fall. They love to see the fall as much as they love to see the recovery. That possible recovery will take place (tentatively) on December 28, 2013. The rematch has been set. Anderson has apologized to his fans (which was cool of him but I still don’t think he owed any of you or myself any of that). You know that Chris Weidman will never be fully happy with his win until he gets to fight a prepared, non-taunting, Silva. I know and you can see it in Chris Weidman that he didn’t beat the best Silva. He was just lucky enough to be the guy in the cage when Silva decided to see what happen if he let go of the wheel and allowed the vehicle to drive itself.