The anticipated rematch between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman ended with a brutal finish, in which Silva was handed his second straight loss.
In the main event at UFC 168 in Las Vegas on Saturday (Dec. 28), the champ earned a TKO victory to defend his middleweight title, after Silva snapped his left leg.
At 1:16 into the second round, the Silva threw a left left kick that Weidman checked near his left knee. Immediately after, Silva fell to the mat in severe pain… prompting referee Herb Dean to stop the fight. Replays after showed that Silva snapped his shinbone as it landed on his opponents knee.
It’s Silva’s second straight loss, following a stunning knockout by Weidman in July.
The Brazilian UFC icon had won 16 consecutive fights before losing his belt to Weidman this summer. He foolishly taunted Weidman in their first meeting, resulting in a KO, but this time around, kept it professional. Unfortunately, he loses again… to injury.
At 38 years old, it’s unclear if Silva will return to the octagon again. “He could come back, obviously, or it could be the end. We’ll have to see. He’s going into surgery right this second,” UFC president Dana White said immediately following the fight.
Weidman improved to 11-0, while Silva is now 33-6. The champ will likely face #1 middleweight contender Vitor Belfort in his second defense.
In the co-main event, UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey defended her title with her eighth consecutive arm bar victory, after submitting Miesha Tate in the third round.