Even before the fight took place, many projected Chris Weidman to triumph over Anderson “The Spider” Silva at UFC 162 in Last Vegas last Saturday, including welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre. Weidman had the opportunity to train with St. Pierre from time to time, and although GSP asserted that Weidman would win, he never thought Silva would go down with such a clean KO. While he was competing at the World Series of Poker, St. Pierre said,
“I predict Chris Weidman was going to win, but I didn’t think he was going to win the way that he won. I thought he was going to win on the ground with ground and pound or maybe some submission, and he won with a beautiful knockout standing up.”
Before Silva’s dethroning, many considered him to be to be the greatest fighter on the planet. After Weidman’s thundering blows put the Spider to bed, thousands now question Silva’s credibility, save one welterweight champion whose opinion has not yet been swayed.
“I think Silva got caught. I think Silva is still the best in the world, but he just got caught. You always recognize a great champion by how they come back from a loss. I know Silva has come back from a loss before, from adversity in his fight, and he’s the greatest of all time for sure,” said George St. Pierre on the Sunday following the fight.
Despite GSP’s opinion on Silva, many still believe that the former champ’s time had finally come. No matter what happens, rematch or no, the fact that Silva had one of the most impressive runs in MMA history is absolutely not up for debate. He was the champion for over half a decade, racking up 33 wins and 22 knockouts while defending his belt ten times. Facts are facts, streaks and records are the product of those realities and cannot be argued. Silva made history, and whether or not he gets back in the game, he will be remembered as one of the great ones.