Local fighter Chris Weidman successfully defends UFC title - New York News

Local fighter Chris Weidman successfully defends UFC title

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Anderson Silva, right, of Brazil, prepares to kick Chris Weidman of Baldwin, N.Y., during the UFC 168 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in Las Vegas. Weidman won during the second round by a technical knock out Anderson Silva, right, of Brazil, prepares to kick Chris Weidman of Baldwin, N.Y., during the UFC 168 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in Las Vegas. Weidman won during the second round by a technical knock out
Silva reels in pain after breaking his leg. (AP Photo) Silva reels in pain after breaking his leg. (AP Photo)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Reigning UFC Middleweight champion Chris Weidman, a local fighter from Baldwin NY, faced off against Anderson Silva on Saturday night in a highly anticipated re-match to defend his crown.

It was just a few months ago that an undefeated Weidman took on, what many experts say was the greatest pound for pound fighter of all time, the-then UFC Middleweight champion, Anderson Silva.

Silva, known for his cocky, dancing demeanor always seemed more like Apollo Creed or Muhammad Ali than your typical MMA fighter. In his previous fights, he would dance around, urging his opponents to come after him, continuously mocking them. When the time was right, he would then go in for the kill. It worked in his last few fights. However this time, Weidman, knowing what the heavily favored Silva was all about, waited patiently for the right moment, and, in a stunning upset, knocked him out cold winning the Middleweight Championship.

The undefeated Weidman trains under the tutelage of former UFC Welterweight champion Matt “The Terror” Serra, another fighter who is no stranger to proving critics wrong.  In 2007, he knocked out Georges St. Pierre in the first round to win the UFC Welterweight Championship.

However, fans of Silva felt Weidman got lucky in his win and still had more to prove.

Marty Barone, a boxing and MMA analyst says “In any fight, boxing or MMA, there is always a puncher’s chance. There is no difference when it comes to winning a match by decision, submission, KO or TKO and the reasons behind it make no difference either. It is all a chess game.”

In the rematch on Saturday night, Silva fans felt it was time for their moment of vindication.

During the fighter introductions, Silva came out first, something that hasn't happened since 2006. A testament to how long Silva previously held onto the UFC Middleweight championship.

The fight started immediately in Weidman’s favor after shooting in for a quick take down of the former champion within 30 seconds of the first round. Silva was able to get back on his feet and fired off a few knees but the champ came back with a strong right hand that sent Silva to the mat. The rest of the round saw Weidman work over Silva with various punches, neck cranks and elbows. Silva managed to get off a few shots bloodying the champ, but the round was clearly Weidman’s.

Silva came out in round 2 with a leg kick, trying to slow Weidman’s momentum. Weidman hit back with a kick to the midsection, but when Silva responded with a left kick, Weidman checked it and Silva’s leg broke in the process. Silva immediately fell to the canvas, with referee Herb Dean ending the fight at 1:16 in the 2nd round.

"There's no real excitement in a fight finishing like that, because you never want to see anyone get hurt like that," Weidman humbly said after his second straight win over the former champ.

The injury is reminiscent of other past sports leg break injuries like professional wrestler Sid who broke his leg when attempting a kick from the top rope or Corey Hill’s identical injury in his 2008 bout with Dale Hartt. While Corey Hill made a full recovery and was able to eventually fight again, it’s too early to say if Silva will ever fight again.

One thing is certain though, Chris Weidman is now unquestionably the UFC Middleweight champion having defeated Anderson Silva, one of the all-time greats, two times.
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