A lot of people wrote off Chris Weidman’s first victory over Anderson Silva as a fluke. They maintained that the greatest of all time wasn’t trying, was goofing around too much and simply got caught in the unlikeliest of circumstances when Weidman tagged him. History won’t repeat itself at UFC 168, they said.
Well, they were wrong.
Obviously the ending of Weidman-Silva II was awful because it likely spelled the end of the latter fighter’s career, but there is no denying that Weidman was dominating the bout from start to finish. Both on the ground and standing, the defending middleweight champ had his way with Silva exactly the way he said he would.
It’s okay to doubt how Weidman will do against the murderous row of Vitor Belfort, Lyoto Machida and Ronaldo Souza. Aside from Jose Aldo, nobody has a set of more impressive opponents staring him down. But don’t dismiss what Weidman has done to get to this point. Slaying the dragon twice doesn’t happen on a fluke.