In case you've been living under a rock, Chris Weidman turned the mixed martial arts (MMA) world on its head last weekend (July 6, 2013) by knocking out former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva at UFC 162 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And by knocking him out, I mean out cold (see it again here).
After fight fans had a few minutes to digest what had transpired, the conspiracy theories began. Many proceeded to accuse "The Spider" of throwing the fight, simply giving "All American" the title, almost as a passing of the torch, if you will.
Sometimes, fish take a dive (proof).
Weidman -- much like UFC President Dana White -- scoffs at those ideas and says the belt wasn't simply handed to him. Instead, he took it, because Silva was unable to mentally defeat him with his usual Octagon antics that have mesmerized previous foes.
In the end, the Serra-Longo standout was able to put "The Spider" in his place, while taking over as the king of the 185-pound division, thanks to his cool demeanor.
He explained during his recent appearance on "The MMA Hour:"
"I'm not here to change other people's opinions but I'll tell you one thing: he did not give me the belt. He did not throw the fight. It was nothing like that. He was doing exactly what he does in all his fights. He had his hands down, he was trying to mentally defeat me, make me freeze, make me feel like I didn't deserve to be in the ring with him. I didn't want to let him do that. I wanted to put him in his place, and that's it."
Hands on the hips, bobbing and weaving, standing against the cage and allowing himself to get tagged is indeed nothing out of the ordinary for the man many (still) consider to be the greatest MMA fighter of all time. Unfortunately for Silva, he was facing someone who wasn't falling for his tricks.
In the blink of an eye, "All American" was able to drop Anderson with a left hook and follow up with a few punches on the ground for good measure, changing the 185-pound landscape and ruining much-desired fantasy fights in the process.
With the swing of a punch, Anderson Silva, the best pound-for-pound fighter in the history of the sport, was defeated for the first time in almost a decade.
And should a second dance come to fruition -- a fight Chris absolutely wants next -- the new middleweight king is confident he will defeat Silva again and prove that his knockout win in "Sin City" was far from a fluke.
Now, all Dana White and Co. have to do is convince Silva to accept the rematch.