The era of Anderson Silva has ended. It did so in spectacular manner. It reminded me of the final fight scene in Undisputed 3, which ended the same way.
Anderson Silva threw a low kick and Chris Weidman checked it. Like a rubber hose, Silva's shin nearly wrapped itself around Weidman's. It was the kind of win that you'd only see in the movies. It's a one in a hundred thousand type of scenario that every fighter dreams to win by.
Another knockout win over Silva would've been excellent, but it doesn't get any better for Wiedman than snapping Silva's leg in half by way of a perfect check. Had this been a match up between two other fighters some might've considered it a fluke, but this was far from it.
Weidman has dominated Silva every second of their two fights. Prior to the stoppage, Weidman controlled and punished Silva with some solid ground and pound that Silva has never experienced. It was a small miracle that Silva managed to make it out of the first.
It validates Weidman's first victory over Silva but more importantly, it marked the birth of Weidman's own era. It was also a sad ending for Anderson Silva, arguably the greatest fighter who ever lived. It was, frankly, an embarrassing way to lose. It was almost comical. It was quite undignified.
Ironically, it reminds me of the very same fighter Anderson Silva was supposed to fight next, at least according to some speculation. Nearly 10 years ago, Roy Jones Jr. was knocked out in the 2nd round by a single left cross from Antonio Tarver.
Jones then, much like Silva today, was considered the best fighter in the world. Following the loss to Tarver, Jones would get knocked out again and in much more violent manner. Though Jones fought two different opponents, they are eerily similar to Anderson Silva's back to back losses.
It was a sudden fall from grace. There was no passing of the torch last night. Weidman snuffed out Silva's flame by urinating on it. Weidman wants to start his own legacy and he couldn't have hoped for a better beginning than this.