With that in mind, veteran mixed martial arts (MMA) referee Herb Dean "wasn't sure" if former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva had really been knocked out by his opponent, Chris Weidman, in the main event of the UFC 162 pay-per-view (PPV), which took place last Saturday night (July 6, 2013) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
See the replay here.
Prior to going stiff at the hands of "All American," the Brazilian was putting on his trademarked dog-and-pony show, dancing around the cage, goading the challenger into a firefight and bouncing himself off the fence, rope-a-dope style. Once Silva was tagged, he faked a pair of rubber legs to try to convince Weidman he couldn't be hurt.
Boy, was he ever wrong.
"The Spider" ate a couple of follow-up punches, went down in a heap and took a few more to the dome for good measure. Dean was hesitant to pull the trigger at first, fearing a hasty stoppage would unveil yet another pantomime from Silva.
The longtime man in black elaborates to USA Today (via MMA Junkie):
"It was almost a replay of the pantomime that he had done. I saw him go down. I respond to it whether it's pantomime or not, but to be honest, I wasn't sure. But I'm going to respond and get in close to get a better look. Once I got in there and got a better look, he was unconscious to me."
And everyone else, too.
The bizarre outcome promoted a changing of the guard, which means Weidman is the new king of the middleweights. But for how long? Silva fans (along with UFC President Dana White) are already crying for a rematch and former division number one contender, Vitor Belfort, is hoping to cut the line.
Unfortunately, it may take up to four months to get an answer.
For more UFC 162 results, recaps, videos, reactions and other post-fight fallout, check out our "Silva vs. Weidman" wrap-up and link dump by clicking here.