The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is just over half way through it's 2013 stretch as on Saturday night (July 6, 2013) the organization wrapped up its seventh pay-per-view (PPV) event of the year --UFC 162-- from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Silva was showboating in trademark fashion throughout the contest and paid for it dearly in the form of his first career knockout loss in what was one of the most memorable main events in UFC history.
The undercard on PPV also delivered the goods with Frankie Edgar getting back on track against a dangerous Charles Oliveira, while Mark Munoz and Cub Swanson also picked up extremely impressive victories over top-10 ranked opponents.
In a sport like mixed martial arts (MMA), each bout can only have one winner and one loser. Earning a victory inside the world-famous Octagon is the highest of highs while suffering a defeat in front of millions of viewers can be the lowest of lows.
Every competitor who steps foot in the cage is looking for that moment of glory. Some capture it, others don't.
There were several shining stars on UFC 162 fight card as well as an equal amount of disappointments. With that said, it's time to name the biggest winner and biggest loser from the event in "Sin City."
The Biggest Winner
Fans, media members and fighters picking Chris Weidman to defeat Anderson Silva was one thing -- Weidman actually stepping in the cage and doing it? That's an entirely different story.
Dating back to 2006, fourteen men shared the Octagon with "The Spider," but none of them could accomplish what Weidman did on Saturday night when he handed the top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the sport his first UFC defeat via brutal knockout.
"All-American" put on as close to a perfect performance as he possibly could have en route to a stunning second-round victory and the UFC middleweight championship belt. It has been well over 2,500 days since a man not named Anderson Silva held the 185-pound strap around their waist, and now Weidman carries the gold and is the sixth champion in the division's existence.
The supreme confidence displayed by the newly crowned champion in the lead-up to UFC 162 was something few have displayed against Silva in the past, and ultimately it translated inside the cage as the 29-year-old did exactly what he said he was going to do and dethroned the Brazilian in a star making effort.
Regardless of what happens in his career going forward, no one will ever be able to take away Weidman's title as the man who ended Silva's illustrious title reign and for that, he is the biggest winner of the night by an extremely wide margin.
Despite the fact Frankie Edgar's victory over Charles Oliveira was an expected result to most, "The Answer" getting his hand raised signified one of the most meaningful moments of his decorated career.
In his first non-title bout since 2009, Edgar snapped a career-worst three-fight losing streak and did it with a dominant performance against the best version of Oliveira ever seen inside the Octagon.
Fans have become accustomed to watching Edgar participate in close, competitive five-round battles for world championships, but the three-straight losses he suffered to Benson Henderson and Jose Aldo were demoralizing whether Edgar will admit it or not, and he badly needed this win.
It has been a long time since the 31-year-old was a favorite going into a fight, and at UFC 162 he showed exactly why with a one-sided and dominant performance. Most importantly of all, the New Jersey native registered his first with at 145-pounds and made some inroad towards his goal of rematch with Aldo.
The Biggest Loser
Some thought it would never happen, but the day has finally come where Anderson Silva was defeated inside the Octagon, bringing an end to a truly one-of-a-kind championship run.
"The Spider" had defeated 14 men over the course of 16 fights going into UFC 162; however, it appears Chris Weidman was the kryptonite to his superman as the Brazilian was not able to overcome his younger opponent and lost by humiliating knockout.
Silva's record-setting title reign lasted 2454 days and for the first time since 2006, he is not at the top of the middleweight mountain.
You could 1,000 things that have happened in the world of MMA since Silva first won the belt, but as they say, "All good things come to an end," and that's exactly what happened to Silva's title reign on Saturday night.
While Silva's defeat in the UFC 162 main event marks the end of an era, there is a silver lining when it comes to his legacy.
All the greatest champions in UFC history from Georges St. Pierre to Chuck Liddell to Randy Couture have displayed their resiliency after a devastating loss. Silva has never had to showcase that side of his personality and it will interesting to see how he rebounds from such a devastating loss.
Obviously the major downside of the result is the fact potential "super fights" with St. Pierre or Jon Jones are now out the window, and while they could still possibly happen in the future, Silva has a much larger task at hand in figuring out how to overcome Weidman's skills in a potential rematch.
It wasn't all that long ago when Tim Boetsch was viewed as the next big thing in the middleweight division after back-to-back victories over Yushin Okami and Hector Lombard. One year later, "The Barbarian" has lost two high-stakes bouts in a row and lost handily in both showings.
Even after being upset by Constantinos Philippou in his last fight, Boetsch went into his UFC 162 main card bout against Mark Munoz as the favorite. The same Mark Munoz who was surround by a plethora of questions after his "obese to beast" physical turnaround.
While "The Filipino Wrecking Machine" deserves a lot of credit for putting on one of the most impressive performances of his career, it doesn't take away from the fact Boetsch made some critical mistakes in the fight and may be on his way out of the top-10 rankings at 185-pounds.
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