After Anderson “The Spider” Silva’s surprising loss to Chris “All American” Weidman last Saturday at UFC 162, many die hard Silva fans were in sheer disbelief and screaming all over the internet about the fight being fixed. Many also say that he simply wanted to lose and give up the belt. The fact that Silva got caught did not register with a lot of people, and many would rather think the fight fixed for money than accept the defeat of their favorite champion. They believe Silva could have received money to take a dive, or that Dana White could make a ridiculous amount of money with a Silva rematch. Whereas the WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view on Sunday is fake, UFC is as close to actual live combat as a sport can get.
First of all, if Silva was going to take a dive, why didn’t he tap out to Weidman’s submission attempts? Why would he let himself get hurt? That goes against human nature, and isn’t a justifiable defense for Silva’s loss. He didn’t just lose, he got knocked out, which medically means he suffered a concussion. That just doesn’t make sense; if the fight was fixed, there were numerous other ways for Silva to take a convincing loss, but instead Weidman put his lights out. When Dana White was asked at the post-fight press conference, he was completely incredulous and responded sarcastically,
“Oh yeah it was fixed. That’s the stupidest (expletive) thing I’ve ever heard in my life. Okay? That is just stupid.”
With that out of the way, he continued to give his feelings on the fight,
“A lot of people felt the reason that Chris Weidman would win is because of his ground game and his wrestling. He took Anderson Silva down immediately, and Anderson did a great job of defending submissions, got back to his feet, and there’s no doubt that he got into Chris’s head by the end of the first round, yet he kept doing it throughout the entire second round, and ended up getting clipped and knocked out.”
The fact is that Silva got knocked out. People idolized him for years, and may find that tough to swallow, but he had a great run and was undefeated for seven years. Just because he lost one fight does not mean the fight was fixed. No man is invincible, and although Anderson Silva is definitely one of the most talented fighters in the world, he has his weaknesses: one of them being wrestlers, the other being his own ego. Who knows how the fight would have turned out if Anderson didn’t spend most of it showboating? Perhaps it would have gone to decision, or maybe Weidman may have landed one of those submissions. In this sport, dealing in what-ifs doesn’t amount to much, and the reality is that Silva stuck his chin out, gave Weidman an opportunity, and the All American capitalized. No ifs, ands, buts, or shady business about it.