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Silva teaches great lesson in stunning loss

The great reign of Anderson Silva ended at UFC 162 when he focused on making a show out of the fight rather than trying to win it.

The great reign of Anderson Silva ended at UFC 162 when he focused on making a show out of the fight rather than trying to win it.

For eight years Anderson Silva proved he was the greatest MMA fighter in the world by defending his Middleweight Championship a remarkable 17 times against some of the best fighters in the world. Rick Franklin, Chris Leben, Dan Henderson, Patrick Cole, Forrest Griffin, Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfot, Stephen Bonnar; none of them could find a way to squash The Spider and his record improved to 33-4, undefeated since 2006 and unbeated since 2004 (in 2006 he lost to Yushin Okami by disqualification for use of an illegal kick).

But last night at UC 162 Silva made a mockery of himself. The 38-year-old seemed to care more about making a show than just winning his fight constantly taunted his opponent Chris Weidman before finally being caught and knocked out in the second round, ending his long run as the champ.

Anybody who knows anything about MMA knows that Weidman really stood no chance against Silva in the ring even though it is clear Silva is coming to the end of his career but Weidman has the huge advantage in the fight because it appeared that Silva just doesn’t care anymore.

He’s had so much success in his career that maybe he just doesn’t care anymore. He’s doing movies now, he’s parading around using his celebrity status; he’s just not hungry any more.

But Weidman was at UFC 162 and guy with only nine professional MMA fights before getting a shot at the title knocked the greatest of all time while Silva was trying to show him up.

In case you missed it in the second round with roughly two and a half minutes remaining Weidman hit Silva with a soft left and silva put his hands down to act like he was stunned. His feet were paralled, he was in no position to defending himself; he was trying to act like Weidman did something to him, as he was all night. But this time Weidman did not just watch he taunt and he went back in for a hard left and this one really did take Silva out. His head snapped back, he fell to the ground and the “All-American” jumped on him and landed punch after punch until referee Herb Dean pushed him off and waved for the bell.

Silva’s run at the championship was finished and in a horrible, disgusting fashion that should never happen to any great.

In the post-fight interview he didn’t even seem to care. He didn’t say he was retiring but he didn’t say he wanted to fight anymore.

It’s just sad to see such a great warrior go out in such a sad way.

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