Chris Weidman can’t catch a break.
While Michael Bisping is calling “All American” a “little bitch” following the drama surrounding the controversial/chaotic ending of his bout against Gegard Mousasi at UFC 210 last weekend (Sat., April 8, 2017), his former opponent, Anderson Silva, also weighed in on the issue.
Admitting during a UFC 212 press conference in Brazil that he didn’t watch the entire fight, Silva says what he did see of it showed that Mousasi’s knees were indeed legal.
“I quickly saw a clip the guys showed me on their phones,” Silva said (via MMA Junkie). “The rule is very clear: He didn’t have his hand on the ground. So, he was kneed and the knee was legal. The rule is clear. If he has his hands on the ground, four points of contact, you can’t hit him. Mousasi lifted him off the ground when he was hitting. It was the ref’s mistake, obviously, and when he put his hands back there, he was defenseless.”
According to Silva, Weidman has relied on “a lot of luck” during his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, and what transpired on Saturday in Buffalo was just proof that his good luck charm (s) were no longer working.
“But, these are things that happen. Weidman is a very lucky guy, and this time he wasn’t lucky. He’s very lucky, but his luck ran out. He had some luck for a while, and now it’s over.”
Though he chose not to go further, one can easily point to Weidman’s two victories over Silva as reference points. At UFC 162 back in 2013, Weidman shocked the world by knocking out Silva in the second round, ending his long-time and terrorizing reign at the top the Middleweight mountain. Of course, many were quick to discredit Weidman, saying that if Silva hadn’t been goofing off with his hands down during the fight, he wouldn’t have clipped him with the fight-ending blows. Fast forward five months later to their rematch at UFC 168, and Weidman once again defeated Silva via technical knockout after “The Spider’s” leg snapped during the bout.
And once again, the champ didn’t get his just due for the win.
Since defending his strap two more times after that against Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort, one can indeed say that Weidman has been down on his luck, so to speak, losing two straight via knockout against Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero, before his controversial third straight loss at UFC 210 occurred.
Anyone up for Silva vs. Weidman 3?
Source:: mma mania