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(ESPN)   Anderson Silva to fight Chris Weidman in a rematch in Las Vegas, promises that he's really going to try this time   (espn.go.com) divider line 37
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2013-07-13 09:01:49 PM
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/sucker
 
2013-07-13 09:11:26 PM
Motivated Anderson is best Anderson. So that's good.

But an immediate rematch is bullshiat. Most straight up rematches are the results of 5 round wars, where you can argue it was a close fight and the decision was too close. A KO victory is decidedly NOT a close fight, even if it was by an underdog, and even if the guy on the receiving end was being a sloppy champion.

Anderson should be forced to go through the indignity of having a title contender's bout before getting the title fight. Humble him a bit. Make him pay for his bullshiat about not going for the belt anymore.

But that's just me.
 
2013-07-13 09:12:43 PM

Jensaarai: Motivated Anderson is best Anderson. So that's good.

But an immediate rematch is bullshiat. Most straight up rematches are the results of 5 round wars, where you can argue it was a close fight and the decision was too close. A KO victory is decidedly NOT a close fight, even if it was by an underdog, and even if the guy on the receiving end was being a sloppy champion.

Anderson should be forced to go through the indignity of having a title contender's bout before getting the title fight. Humble him a bit. Make him pay for his bullshiat about not going for the belt anymore.

But that's just me.


I agree with you, completely.

It wasn't one of those Frankie Edgar 5-round narrow-split decision issues, it was a farking KO.

Send Silva back down to work back up the bracket.

I get tired of seeing the same two dudes keep fighting all the time for titles.  It's boring.
 
2013-07-13 09:30:58 PM
How on earth can anyone biatch about an immediate rematch?  It is by far the most compelling fight to make.
 
2013-07-13 09:45:40 PM
People are going to buy the hell out of this. And I have personally never seen Silva fight someone who has beaten him, so I am looking forward to it more than any fight in recent memory.
 
2013-07-13 09:50:54 PM
I'll watch it. Be interesting if Silva actually does take it seriously.
 
2013-07-13 10:09:29 PM

van1ty: How on earth can anyone biatch about an immediate rematch?  It is by far the most compelling fight to make.


It's a slap in the face to the current UFC middleweight champion. They're essentially telling him his victory wasn't legitimate. That it shouldn't have happened. That Anderson Silva deserves a do-over, because he was just joking.

Look, I get that fighting is one of the sports where the tension between what's most legitimate competition-wise and what's the entertaining event everyone wants to see tends to break in favor of the latter. And, to be honest, I really want to see this rematch, too. Just not immediately.
 
2013-07-13 10:11:23 PM
Though, I guess the UFC pulled this same shiat with Serra and GSP, too.

I'm just saying I'd run it a bit differently, myself.
 
2013-07-13 10:15:08 PM

Jensaarai: Though, I guess the UFC pulled this same shiat with Serra and GSP, too.

I'm just saying I'd run it a bit differently, myself.


Wait, no. Correcting myself. (Just looked it up like I should have in the first place.) While Serra's next fight after getting the title was a Rematch, GSP still had a couple fights before the title shot.

Does anyone more knowledgable know of a case where a decisively defeated former champ got an immediate rematch?
 
2013-07-13 10:30:19 PM

Jensaarai: Jensaarai: Though, I guess the UFC pulled this same shiat with Serra and GSP, too.

I'm just saying I'd run it a bit differently, myself.

Wait, no. Correcting myself. (Just looked it up like I should have in the first place.) While Serra's next fight after getting the title was a Rematch, GSP still had a couple fights before the title shot.

Does anyone more knowledgable know of a case where a decisively defeated former champ got an immediate rematch?


Penn-Edgar II. That happens to Edgar a lot though, which is why his unofficial nickname is Frankie Two-Times.
 
2013-07-13 10:38:16 PM
A champion with his long of a reign always deserves a rematch, blowout or not. I'm in Vegas that weekend staying at the MGM Grand, so I'm excited. Hopefully there will be no training injuries before this fight.
 
2013-07-13 10:43:55 PM
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2013-07-13 10:44:07 PM

Jensaarai: van1ty: How on earth can anyone biatch about an immediate rematch?  It is by far the most compelling fight to make.

It's a slap in the face to the current UFC middleweight champion. They're essentially telling him his victory wasn't legitimate. That it shouldn't have happened. That Anderson Silva deserves a do-over, because he was just joking.

Look, I get that fighting is one of the sports where the tension between what's most legitimate competition-wise and what's the entertaining event everyone wants to see tends to break in favor of the latter. And, to be honest, I really want to see this rematch, too. Just not immediately.


How is it a slap in the face? It has been tradition in both boxing and MMA when if the long reigning champion loses they are offered an immediate rematch.
 
2013-07-13 11:01:47 PM

Jensaarai: Motivated Anderson is best Anderson. So that's good.

But an immediate rematch is bullshiat. Most straight up rematches are the results of 5 round wars, where you can argue it was a close fight and the decision was too close. A KO victory is decidedly NOT a close fight, even if it was by an underdog, and even if the guy on the receiving end was being a sloppy champion.

Anderson should be forced to go through the indignity of having a title contender's bout before getting the title fight. Humble him a bit. Make him pay for his bullshiat about not going for the belt anymore.

But that's just me.


Why do you want the rest of the middleweight contenders to retire so badly?
 
2013-07-13 11:19:37 PM

ongbok: Jensaarai: van1ty: How on earth can anyone biatch about an immediate rematch?  It is by far the most compelling fight to make.

It's a slap in the face to the current UFC middleweight champion. They're essentially telling him his victory wasn't legitimate. That it shouldn't have happened. That Anderson Silva deserves a do-over, because he was just joking.

Look, I get that fighting is one of the sports where the tension between what's most legitimate competition-wise and what's the entertaining event everyone wants to see tends to break in favor of the latter. And, to be honest, I really want to see this rematch, too. Just not immediately.

How is it a slap in the face? It has been tradition in both boxing and MMA when if the long reigning champion loses they are offered an immediate rematch.


Huh?  Boxing yes, but this is the first time I can eer remember a UFC champ losing via KO and getting an immediate rematch.  It's a cash grab, nothing more.
 
2013-07-14 12:05:20 AM

Flappyhead: Huh? Boxing yes, but this is the first time I can eer remember a UFC champ losing via KO and getting an immediate rematch. It's a cash grab, nothing more.


Anderson is 38, so it's better to make that match now than risk it never happening or have Anderson derail other contenders if he's not interested in moving to 205 for the rest of his career. Even with that loss, he deserves at worst a top-contender fight, but he's already beaten virtually anybody they could match him up with. See Penn-Edgar II or Arlovski-Silvia II (admittedly, HW was pretty shallow at the time); title rematches aren't terribly unusual when the champ loses. Yes, it's a big money fight and I there are a lot of interesting matches for Weidman at MW, bit this is not a travesty by any stretch. Belfort has the second-best case to deserving a shot at Weidman after finishing both Bisping and Rockhold (remains to be seen if Rockhold is actually any good, so that win may not mean much). Did Belfort deserve his shot at JBJ though? Did Sonnen? Lots of matches get made mostly because they will sell PPVs and please fans, but none of this is egregiously bad or unfair matchmaking IMO.
 
2013-07-14 12:28:56 AM

Testiclaw: I agree with you, completely.


Because of the way he lost, I also agree.   Had he lost without clowning around and taunting Weidman (which was utterly disrespectful), I'd be more apt to think he should get an immediate rematch. However, there's no money in Silva fighting someone he's already beaten...the only real money for both fighters AND the UFC (especially the UFC) is in a rematch.
 
2013-07-14 12:33:35 AM
Weidman was saying before the first fight that if he won he'd give Anderson and immediate rematch. He's confident he can win again and everytime against Anderson.

All this biatching about respect and merit is so tiresome. You're not Anderson, you're not Weidman. Your personal sense of honor means jackshiat in regards to them.

And besides, does it make sense to 1) miss out on the chance for a rematch with the belt on the line and 2)to risk having Anderson knock off 2-3 potential contenders for Weidman should he win the second fight?
 
2013-07-14 12:38:48 AM

Jensaarai: Jensaarai: Though, I guess the UFC pulled this same shiat with Serra and GSP, too.

I'm just saying I'd run it a bit differently, myself.

Wait, no. Correcting myself. (Just looked it up like I should have in the first place.) While Serra's next fight after getting the title was a Rematch, GSP still had a couple fights before the title shot.

Does anyone more knowledgable know of a case where a decisively defeated former champ got an immediate rematch?


How many cases are there of the champ having been undefeated for 10 years. White already said before the fight that an immediate rematch would be granted if Silva lost,  based on what he had done going into the fight.
 
2013-07-14 12:44:16 AM

FetusAGoGo: All this biatching about respect and merit is so tiresome. You're not Anderson, you're not Weidman. Your personal sense of honor means jackshiat in regards to them.


I disagree.  As a fight fan that paid $55 for the PPV, I along with every other MMA fan out there that watched the fight, deserved Anderson's best efforts...not the way he disrespected Weidman and NOT the way the fight ended.  Anderson has had a habit of doing the taunting and clowning when he thinks he's in the ring with a lesser opponent...and this time he paid for it.  Had he lost from a knockout that wasn't a direct result of his clowning around and taunting, nobody would be talking about disrespect and it would have been a FAR more satisfying ending than the way the fight ended.
 
2013-07-14 01:15:14 AM
Here's why a rematch makes sense for all parties involved:


1) For Dana White, the rematch has the potential to  set a record PPV draw. Also scheduling it over the Xmas holiday in Vegas is going to draw huge money.
2) Silva will be making more over this fight than he has over the last 3 years combined.
3) Weidman is going to make more money off this fight than he would over the next 3 years combined w/o Silva.

I expect that, win or lose, this rematch will probably be Silva's retirement match. It's the perfect opportunity for the final big paycheck  (both for him and the organization) as he leaves.
 
2013-07-14 01:16:41 AM

slayer199: FetusAGoGo: All this biatching about respect and merit is so tiresome. You're not Anderson, you're not Weidman. Your personal sense of honor means jackshiat in regards to them.

I disagree.  As a fight fan that paid $55 for the PPV, I along with every other MMA fan out there that watched the fight, deserved Anderson's best efforts...not the way he disrespected Weidman and NOT the way the fight ended.  Anderson has had a habit of doing the taunting and clowning when he thinks he's in the ring with a lesser opponent...and this time he paid for it.  Had he lost from a knockout that wasn't a direct result of his clowning around and taunting, nobody would be talking about disrespect and it would have been a FAR more satisfying ending than the way the fight ended.


Honestly, Anderson does that a lot and it's not just clowning. Usually his head movement is good enough to slip strikes and he likes to be able to throw surprise strikes from below where his opponents are looking, which is one of the ways he's KO'd so many people (see the Girffin or Okami finishes for recent-ish examples). It may look silly, but it's certainly calculated, and it's worked for him up until it didn't. I don't disagree that it wasn't the most satisfying finish, but that was a far cry from the Maia fight (though it was super hot in Abu Dhabi that night, and he probably gassed) where he didn't really seem to be going for the finish at all. Weidman's takedown threat forced Anderson to throw fewer kicks, and he was attempting counterstrikes, but Weidman is one of the few guys at MW that aren't at a huge reach advantage against Anderson. Silva was anticipating a right and got hit with a left he didn't see coming, but if Weidman never threw that left (or didn't connect with it), maybe Anderson finishes him with his next combination. Then it looks just like every other Anderson Silva Matrix-esque KO. The hands-down approach did manage to suck Weidman into a standup fight in spite of his superior wrestling and takedown-centric gameplan, so it wasn't just some frivolous approach that lacked strategy.
 
2013-07-14 01:17:17 AM
FetusAGoGo: All this biatching about respect and merit is so tiresome. You're not Anderson, you're not Weidman. 

And I'm also not a fan of "combat sports" that put entertainment so far above the legitimacy of the sport. If I wanted that, I'd watch boxing, or be buying in to the WWE, which puts on a perfectly fine entertainment product with impressively athletic secondary combat components. No merit required.

If this is the future of the UFC, bring on Bellator and its structured tournaments.
 
2013-07-14 01:27:40 AM

Jensaarai: Motivated Anderson is best Anderson. So that's good.

But an immediate rematch is bullshiat. Most straight up rematches are the results of 5 round wars, where you can argue it was a close fight and the decision was too close. A KO victory is decidedly NOT a close fight, even if it was by an underdog, and even if the guy on the receiving end was being a sloppy champion.

Anderson should be forced to go through the indignity of having a title contender's bout before getting the title fight. Humble him a bit. Make him pay for his bullshiat about not going for the belt anymore.

But that's just me.


This is idiocy. The guy with 10 farking title defenses does not deserve a title shot? The best MMA fighter in history? He should go fight Chael Sonnen again (who got a title shot after 3 loses)
 
2013-07-14 01:35:14 AM

Jensaarai: If this is the future of the UFC, bring on Bellator and its structured tournaments.


Bellator is still equally guilty of pushing "stars," which is why when King Mo and Babalu got bounced early from their last full LHW tourney, they gave them easy matches (though Babalu still managed to lose, lol) in a four-man tourney this summer to try to ensure they would face each other in the final. A bona fide tournament is tough to pull off in a reasonable amount of time, and they tend to be full of replacement fighters because of cuts and various injuries. Joe Silva actually does a really good job with matchmaking for the most part, and the UFC has done de facto tournaments in various weight classes over the years. If you wanna get all bent out of shape about entertainment trumping legitimacy, the bigger travesty is guys like Mike Pierce still fighting on prelims and never getting a shot at a contender. The Silvas, Fabers, Edgars, and Sonnens of the world do get some marquee fights with flimsy justification at times, but MMA is worlds better than boxing ever was at matching up the best guys instead of protecting big names. Who really deserves the shot at Weidman more than the guy who has already beaten all of the top contenders in the division? I'd be with you if there was a logjam of deserving fighters, but MW is not terribly deep. Everybody coming off a decent win at 185 (apart from Bisping, who has lost every time he was given a #1 contender fight, and he's fighting Costa Phillippou for a probably title shot) has already been beaten soundly by either Weidman or Silva. I don't think Okami or Munoz have much to offer either Wilva or Weidman, and Belfort can wait, since he just got an undeserved shot at JBJ without even one win at LHW.

/I need to stop making these huge cranky effortposts in MMA threads
 
2013-07-14 01:56:07 AM

Bonanza Jellybean: Honestly, Anderson does that a lot and it's not just clowning. Usually his head movement is good enough to slip strikes and he likes to be able to throw surprise strikes from below where his opponents are looking, which is one of the ways he's KO'd so many people (see the Girffin or Okami finishes for recent-ish examples). It may look silly, but it's certainly calculated, and it's worked for him up until it didn't. I don't disagree that it wasn't the most satisfying finish, but that was a far cry from the Maia fight (though it was super hot in Abu Dhabi that night, and he probably gassed) where he didn't really seem to be going for the finish at all. Weidman's takedown threat forced Anderson to throw fewer kicks, and he was attempting counterstrikes, but Weidman is one of the few guys at MW that aren't at a huge reach advantage against Anderson. Silva was anticipating a right and got hit with a left he didn't see coming, but if Weidman never threw that left (or didn't connect with it), maybe Anderson finishes him with his next combination. Then it looks just like every other Anderson Silva Matrix-esque KO. The hands-down approach did manage to suck Weidman into a standup fight in spite of his superior wrestling and takedown-centric gameplan, so it wasn't just some frivolous approach that lacked strategy.


His head movement is amazing, no doubt.  But he doesn't tend to do that when he thinks his opponent is a threat.  Silva doesn't do well against wrestlers (about the only guys that he's lost rounds against e.g. Hendo and Sonnen) and he admitted that he wanted to goad Weidman in to a stand-up match.  Weidman admitted that the clowning pissed him off and said "Screw it, I'm going to punch this guy in the face."  He obviously didn't respect Weidman's stand-up.  It wasn't satisfying because I'd really like to know if Weidman could win the fight without the clowning.

Weidman gets full credit for the KO.  When Anderson faked that the first punch hurt him, Weidman landed the next one then flicked his right hand out which forced Anderson's head left...right into Weidman's left hand.

The rematch will be interesting in that I don't know if Weidman will stick to his gameplans of takedown and GNP or he'll try to stand with him again.
 
2013-07-14 02:42:48 AM
Silva probably jobbed per White's request to build a rematch and make money for all of them. People seriously think UFC is legit? They just kayfabe better.
 
2013-07-14 03:41:19 AM

Alkoholiker: Jensaarai: Motivated Anderson is best Anderson. So that's good.

But an immediate rematch is bullshiat. Most straight up rematches are the results of 5 round wars, where you can argue it was a close fight and the decision was too close. A KO victory is decidedly NOT a close fight, even if it was by an underdog, and even if the guy on the receiving end was being a sloppy champion.

Anderson should be forced to go through the indignity of having a title contender's bout before getting the title fight. Humble him a bit. Make him pay for his bullshiat about not going for the belt anymore.

But that's just me.

This is idiocy. The guy with 10 farking title defenses does not deserve a title shot? The best MMA fighter in history? He should go fight Chael Sonnen again (who got a title shot after 3 loses)


Hey man. I tried to find, and even asked for an example of the last time a decisively defeated champ got an immediate rematch. The best we've got so far is a 5 round decision between Edgar and Penn. Not even a knockout or submission, or GSP fighting Serra (who finished him) after he had a couple bouts while Serra didn't have any defenses.

If you know of a case where a UFC champ who was finished and actually got an immediate rematch, I'm eager to learn. I'd be disappointed to learn the UFC already crossed so far into the world of entertainment over actually being a sport, but not much more than I have been to learn they're doing so now.

Speaking of GSP, he's on similar footing as Anderson was before this fight. He's got an 11 fight win streak. 10 with the interim belt. 9 with the undisputed. And that's *after* the streak he had before Serra. When he is eventually defeated, do you think he also deserves an immediate rematch regardless of how badly he gets beat? How many title defenses qualify you for an immediate rematch? 5? 9? 10 is obviously enough to earn 5 bonus rounds and an extra life.

I guess whoever takes the belt from him is just going to have to take it twice, no matter how they actually perform.
 
2013-07-14 04:40:57 AM

Jensaarai: Alkoholiker: Jensaarai: Motivated Anderson is best Anderson. So that's good.

But an immediate rematch is bullshiat. Most straight up rematches are the results of 5 round wars, where you can argue it was a close fight and the decision was too close. A KO victory is decidedly NOT a close fight, even if it was by an underdog, and even if the guy on the receiving end was being a sloppy champion.

Anderson should be forced to go through the indignity of having a title contender's bout before getting the title fight. Humble him a bit. Make him pay for his bullshiat about not going for the belt anymore.

But that's just me.

This is idiocy. The guy with 10 farking title defenses does not deserve a title shot? The best MMA fighter in history? He should go fight Chael Sonnen again (who got a title shot after 3 loses)

Hey man. I tried to find, and even asked for an example of the last time a decisively defeated champ got an immediate rematch. The best we've got so far is a 5 round decision between Edgar and Penn. Not even a knockout or submission, or GSP fighting Serra (who finished him) after he had a couple bouts while Serra didn't have any defenses.

If you know of a case where a UFC champ who was finished and actually got an immediate rematch, I'm eager to learn. I'd be disappointed to learn the UFC already crossed so far into the world of entertainment over actually being a sport, but not much more than I have been to learn they're doing so now.

Speaking of GSP, he's on similar footing as Anderson was before this fight. He's got an 11 fight win streak. 10 with the interim belt. 9 with the undisputed. And that's *after* the streak he had before Serra. When he is eventually defeated, do you think he also deserves an immediate rematch regardless of how badly he gets beat? How many title defenses qualify you for an immediate rematch? 5? 9? 10 is obviously enough to earn 5 bonus rounds and an extra life.

I guess whoever takes the belt from him is just going to have to take it twice, no matter how they actually perform.


10 title defenses and you deserve an immediate rematch. You make it sound like Silva was physically dominated for 5 rounds. He clowned like a jerkoff and paid the price. One punch. Weidman said if he won there would be a rematch, and deservedly so.
 
2013-07-14 08:18:40 AM
"Rubes and carnies, Dana ...., rubes and carnies."
 
2013-07-14 09:26:57 AM

ScreamingHangover: Here's why a rematch makes sense for all parties involved:


1) For Dana White, the rematch has the potential to  set a record PPV draw. Also scheduling it over the Xmas holiday in Vegas is going to draw huge money.
2) Silva will be making more over this fight than he has over the last 3 years combined.
3) Weidman is going to make more money off this fight than he would over the next 3 years combined w/o Silva.

I expect that, win or lose, this rematch will probably be Silva's retirement match. It's the perfect opportunity for the final big paycheck  (both for him and the organization) as he leaves.


Unless Brock Lesnar is announced as the co main event, no records are going to be broken.
 
2013-07-14 09:32:42 AM

slayer199: Bonanza Jellybean: Honestly, Anderson does that a lot and it's not just clowning. Usually his head movement is good enough to slip strikes and he likes to be able to throw surprise strikes from below where his opponents are looking, which is one of the ways he's KO'd so many people (see the Girffin or Okami finishes for recent-ish examples). It may look silly, but it's certainly calculated, and it's worked for him up until it didn't. I don't disagree that it wasn't the most satisfying finish, but that was a far cry from the Maia fight (though it was super hot in Abu Dhabi that night, and he probably gassed) where he didn't really seem to be going for the finish at all. Weidman's takedown threat forced Anderson to throw fewer kicks, and he was attempting counterstrikes, but Weidman is one of the few guys at MW that aren't at a huge reach advantage against Anderson. Silva was anticipating a right and got hit with a left he didn't see coming, but if Weidman never threw that left (or didn't connect with it), maybe Anderson finishes him with his next combination. Then it looks just like every other Anderson Silva Matrix-esque KO. The hands-down approach did manage to suck Weidman into a standup fight in spite of his superior wrestling and takedown-centric gameplan, so it wasn't just some frivolous approach that lacked strategy.

His head movement is amazing, no doubt.  But he doesn't tend to do that when he thinks his opponent is a threat.  Silva doesn't do well against wrestlers (about the only guys that he's lost rounds against e.g. Hendo and Sonnen) and he admitted that he wanted to goad Weidman in to a stand-up match.  Weidman admitted that the clowning pissed him off and said "Screw it, I'm going to punch this guy in the face."  He obviously didn't respect Weidman's stand-up.  It wasn't satisfying because I'd really like to know if Weidman could win the fight without the clowning.

Weidman gets full credit for the KO.  When Anderson faked that the first punch hurt him, Weidman landed the next one then flicked his right hand out which forced Anderson's head left...right into Weidman's left hand.

The rematch will be interesting in that I don't know if Weidman will stick to his gameplans of takedown and GNP or he'll try to stand with him again.


Weidman stood with Silva because Silva had his hands down. He had his hands down for two reasons, to goad Weidman into attacking so he could counter punch and to keep from being taken down again. If Silva keeps his hands up in the rematch it may be like round one and Silva's head will be dribbled off the mat again. Weidman is in a really good position in the rematch.

And he won't be coming off a long lay off like the first match.
 
2013-07-14 10:02:15 AM

slayer199: FetusAGoGo: All this biatching about respect and merit is so tiresome. You're not Anderson, you're not Weidman. Your personal sense of honor means jackshiat in regards to them.

I disagree.  As a fight fan that paid $55 for the PPV, I along with every other MMA fan out there that watched the fight, deserved Anderson's best efforts...not the way he disrespected Weidman and NOT the way the fight ended.  Anderson has had a habit of doing the taunting and clowning when he thinks he's in the ring with a lesser opponent...and this time he paid for it.  Had he lost from a knockout that wasn't a direct result of his clowning around and taunting, nobody would be talking about disrespect and it would have been a FAR more satisfying ending than the way the fight ended.


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2013-07-14 10:42:12 AM
I don't really understand how other people watched the same fight and saw anything different, but here's my take:

1.  Silva was never going to win on the ground.  He conceded the ground to Weidman in interviews before the fight.

2. Silva is a counter-striker, not typically a move-forward, attack-striker.  He's at his best when he takes advantage of the other fighter's feet being crossed up.

3. Weidman is patient beyond his experience.

Therefore, Silva's best chance was to get inside Weidman's head and make him attack.  Fighters are at their best when they are 'in the zone.' The mind shuts off conscious thinking, their training takes over, and they react on instinct using techniques internalized during drilling.

Silva needed to take Weidman out of the zone and make him self-conscious so he wouldn't be fluid; he'd either be second-guessing himself, or attacking blindly out of frustration.  The easiest way for Silva to do that would be to act out in a way that isn't normally seen in fights.

When Silva put his back up against the cage against Sonnen and Bonnar, he was accomplishing two things; first, he was using the fence to block a double (Sonnen's best move), and second, he was telling his opponent that he felt so completely unthreatened that he was willing to spot them an advantages position.

That gets in a fighter's head.  At that point they're thinking that if Silva pulls that and still beats them, they will look worse than Belfort or Griffin.

Weidman was smart enough to actually practice for that in camp.  He had training partners emulate not only Anderson's fighting style, but also his taunting style.

So, in essence, everyone knew that was Silva's best chance to win; he took it a little too far (because Weidman wasn't really biting) and got caught.
 
2013-07-14 06:04:58 PM

Moopy Mac: ScreamingHangover: Here's why a rematch makes sense for all parties involved:


1) For Dana White, the rematch has the potential to  set a record PPV draw. Also scheduling it over the Xmas holiday in Vegas is going to draw huge money.
2) Silva will be making more over this fight than he has over the last 3 years combined.
3) Weidman is going to make more money off this fight than he would over the next 3 years combined w/o Silva.

I expect that, win or lose, this rematch will probably be Silva's retirement match. It's the perfect opportunity for the final big paycheck  (both for him and the organization) as he leaves.

Unless Brock Lesnar is announced as the co main event, no records are going to be broken.


Weidman/Silva 2 won't even be the most bullshiat rematch on that card. Co-main is Rousey/Tate 2.
 
2013-07-15 12:47:37 AM

ParagonComplex: Silva probably jobbed per White's request to build a rematch and make money for all of them. People seriously think UFC is legit? They just kayfabe better.


Atleast they used to kayfabe it better. The fight with bisping vs sonnen for the shot at silva was the dead give away.

bisping clearly won the damn thing.
 
2013-07-15 08:51:28 AM

ParagonComplex: People seriously think UFC is legit? They just kayfabe better.


Kayfabe's been dead in pro wrestling for at least 20 years. You can't really compare the two now. At least until some drunk fan jumps into the octagon and stabs a dude.
 
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