A spider spins its web strand by strand. So too has UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva (33-4) where his brilliant career is concerned, beating sixteen straight opponents in the Octagon including ten successful title-defenses leading up to tonight. While “The Spider” had created a beautiful design over seven years he’d called the Octagon home, unbeaten Chris Weidman (9-0) was out to smash it down at UFC 162 when the two collided inside the cage and succeeded in his desire to clean out the divisional cobwebs.
The main event lived up to expectations with Weidman taking Silva down early only to see the brilliant Brazilian get back up after a mistaken attempt to secure a submission. In the second round, Silva came out swinging and started showboating until the 29-year old New Yorker connected with a blow and sent him to the mat. Weidman landed a few follow-up shots and left Silva defenseless, laying claim to the gold.
After the fight, Silva announced he would pursue interests outside of the middleweight division and didn’t want a rematch with Weidman.
Other bouts on tap at tonight’s lineup included Cub Swanson-Dennis Siver, Mark Munoz-Tim Boetsch, Roger Gracie-Tim Kennedy, and Frankie Edgar-Charles Oliveira.
A full rundown of UFC 162 outcomes can be found below:
Mike Pierce def. David Mitchell via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Brian Melancon def. Seth Baczynski via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Edson Barboza def. Rafaello Oliveira via TKO Round 2 (Leg Kicks)
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Dave Herman via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Norman Parke def. Kazuki Tokudome via Unanimous Decision
Andrew Craig def. Chris Leben via Split Decision
Cub Swanson def. Dennis Siver via TKO Round 3 (Strikes)
Mark Munoz def. Tim Boetsch via Unanimous Decision
Tim Kennedy def. Roger Gracie via Unanimous Decision
Frankie Edgar def. Charles Oliveira via Unanimous Decision
Chris Weidman def. Anderson Silva via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)