Skip to comments.Weidman dominates first, then Silva leg break ends fight in TKO (UFC)
Posted on 12/28/2013 10:37:56 PM PST by Impy
All of the hype, all of the buildup, and none of the satisfaction of a conclusive finish.
In a terribly unfortunate ending to an anticipated rematch, Anderson Silva broke his leg on a checked kick, bringing the UFC 168 main event to a finish at 1:16 of the second round. The official ruling was a TKO win for champion Chris Weidman.
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Silva was getting beat up even before he broke his leg.
I saw it happen at the bar. It was painful to watch. Hate to see the greatest middleweight of all time end his career on that note.
Yeah, I picked him to win but it looked like he was headed for defeat, it was close to being stopped for a minute there in the first round.
Gotta give props to Weidman for having his number.
Terrible way to go out for one of the best fighters ever, I would have liked to see him take some fun matchup fights to close out his career if he couldn’t get the belt back.
However, the ending to this fight was just gruesome.
Another comparison I read (and agreed with) was Joe Theisman’s knee injury while playing for the Redskins.
Another NFL comparison, Bengals nose tackle Tim Krumrie in Superbowl 23. He had a steel rod inserted, was ready for the start of the next season, and went on to play 6 more years. Dayum! Of course he was under 30 when he got hurt.
This was nowhere near as gruesome as the basketball player’s injury. There was no bone protruding through the skin, just a rubber leg. Corey Hill was the only other fighter to have this happen in the UFC in nearly the same way, rear leg kick checked on the knee.
“Anderson Silva broke his leg on a checked kick, bringing the UFC 168 main event to a finish ...”
A mere flesh wound....ah geeeez, once there were men....
I didn`t pick him to win only because it looked like Weidman just had his number. One of those things where your opponent seemed to have been made for you to beat.
At 38 he has lost a 1/2 step. That said, Weidman is no Silva and never will be. Weidman, from a wrestling background while Silva`s style was self-made. Hands down to block takedowns, head movement and cat quick reflexes to counter punch, and uncanny ability to judge distance.
Humble outside the ring, frustrating to fight inside the ring with his Ali style of cockiness, there will never be another fighter like him.
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