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Well, there isn't a whole lot to dissect here.
Just 27 seconds, to be exact.
Once the most feared man on the planet, a destroyer of worlds, Wanderlei Silva was resorted to pulling guard on referee Josh Rosenthall while Leben celebrated around the Octagon to a raucous crowd.
We'll explain how it all went down and what happens next after the jump.
In typical Wanderlei Silva fashion, he recklessly waded forward with about four wild looping hooks, nearly all of them catching Leben on the chin, but Leben, in typical Chris Leben fashion, absorbed the damage and landed a massive left hook directly behind "The Axe Murderer's" right ear which wobbled the former Pride middleweight champion.
When Silva tried to clinch with "The Crippler," Leben unloaded on him with four nasty short uppercuts that dropped him and three more nasty left hands after he fell sealed the deal.
For Wanderlei Silva, he's in the same position that Chuck Liddell was in at the end of his career. He's now lost six of eight fights with four of them being devastating knockouts. He said he trained for seven months to prepare for this fight, working on his boxing extensively but he went out there just like the old Wanderlei with no care in the world for his own well-being while charging in head first.
At this point, Wanderlei Silva is 35 years old, but he's considerably older in fight years. He's taken a ton of damage throughout his career and it's likely time for him to hang the gloves up and focus on building the next generation of fighters. Due to the deterioration of his chin, it would be very difficult to match him up with a tough middleweight right now without fear of a repeat knockout loss performance. Dana White even mentioned that this was likely the last time he'd promote a Wanderlei Silva fight. If that happens, expect many articles in the next few days about Silva's incredible fighting legacy and the legend that he leaves behind. It will certainly be sad to see "The Axe Murderer" go.
For Chris Leben, what a turnaround from his horrendous showing against Brian Stann at UFC 125. He went out there and took care of business inside the Octagon and the impressive showing should put him right back in the upper tier of the middleweight division. There are a ton of possibilities right now for him. He could welcome Chael Sonnen back to the UFC if he gets his license renewed. If Vitor Belfort gets by Yoshihiro Akiyama in his next fight, that would be a compelling matchup as well and so would Alan Belcher if he defeats Jason MacDonald at UFC Fight Night 25.
So Maniacs, what do you think?
Is Wanderlei Silva done? Where does Leben stack up in the middleweight division with his brutal victory?