Chris Weidman visioned several ways for him to retain the UFC middleweight title over Anderson Silva at UFC 168 Saturday night.
And, while many could never have predicted such an ending as we saw, Weidman did.
After controlling the majority of the first round, Weidman checked a leg kick by Silva and shattered the former champions leg leg.
Silva immediately dropped to the canvas in pain, screaming in agony as the referee stopped the contest.
“The No. 1 thing was I got hit with (leg kicks) in the first fight,” said Weidman, who now owns the only two victories over Silva inside the Octagon. “I was working on checking them a lot. I thought if he’s gonna throw them that hard, and I catch it on my knee, it could really hurt him.
“Still, it was crazy.”
Weidman appeared well on his way to a second straight finish of Silva in the opening moments, as a flurry ended with “The Spider” on his back and “The All-American” in control.
This time, though, Silva survived the attack.
“All I was thinking was I was hitting him a lot and his eyes were going in the back of his head,” Weidman said. “But he recovered well.”
Weidman wasn’t sure if most would feel this win gives him standing in the MMA world, but “slowly people are believing in me.
“I am so new in this sport,” he added. “People can’t fathom me coming in here and beating guys.”