At the UFC 162 post-fight show on FUEL TV, several of the analyst chimed in on Chris Weidman catching Anderson Silva for the knockout victory and middleweight championship.
Former Strikeforce grand prix champion and top ranked UFC heavyweight Daniel Cormier took notice of Silva choosing to not fight Weidman on the ground.
“Chris hurt Anderson in the first round when they went to the ground,” said Cormier. “Silva usually stays on the ground for a while and is comfortable being on the bottom, but he didn’t do that because he knew he needed to get off his back. He put Anderson in a place where he hasn’t been.”
After Silva dodged several of Weidman’s shots, he began messing with the challenger but it didn’t work. The mind aspect was something Brian Stann knew would play a factor.
“[Weidman] had great head movement,” said Stann. “Weidman slipped some punches in. We said he had to not be afraid to go out there and fight Silva and that’s what he did.”
Perhaps Silva’s greatest challenge before Weidman came from Chael Sonnen. The former middleweight No.1 contender thought cockiness played a role in this one.
“Weidman played Anderson’s game,” said Sonnen. “And it was a frustrated Anderson Silva who got beat at his own game. Weidman closed the gaps. There’s a certain level of cockiness he was showing. You can’t be cocky and be arrogant and still protect yourself.”