Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva coughed up his 185-pound strap to undefeated challenger Chris Weidman in the main event of the UFC 162: "Silva vs. Weidman" pay-per-view (PPV), which took place last Saturday night (July 6, 2013) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Watch the replay here.
"The Spider" has already been granted an immediate rematch, but is unlikely to return to the Octagon before 2014. Furthermore, there are no guarantees he will even vie for the middleweight strap, considering his post-fight comments, which indicated he was done playing with gold.
If and when they do hook 'em up for a second time, there will be lots to think about when you get to the betting window. The odds for "Weidman vs. Silva 2" opened yesterday and the Brazilian burst out of the gate at -175, according to our fiscal friends at Best Fight Odds.
"All American" started at +145.
That's not a far cry from how the bookies initially matched them up for the Fourth of July Weekend extravaganza. Silva opened the UFC 162 betting lines at -215, while Weidman was just +165. This is hardly a precedent, as Frankie Edgar was also the underdog in his B.J. Penn rematch, after taking "The Prodigy's" title at UFC 112.
It all comes down to what you believe.
Did Silva lose the UFC 162 main event ... or did Weidman win it? That depends on whether or not you think "The Spider" would have been the better man, had he concentrated on winning and not clowning around. Then again, Weidman could just be a bad match-up for him regardless of the tactics.
The bookies may not agree (yet) ... do you?