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Monday Morning Hangover: Anderson Silva’s reign at middleweight comes to end in Las Vegas

After an action-packed UFC 162 event in Las Vegas, Nevada, plenty of fighters are still feeling the buzz, but Anderson Silva is likely suffering from the worst post-fight hangover after getting knocked out cold by Chris Weidman.


Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone as UFC 162 blew the roof off the MGM Grand Garden Arena last Saturday night (July 6, 2013) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Many combatants were left licking their wounds after a wild night of fights including Dennis Siver, who was knocked out by Cub Swanson in the third round (recap here). And Tim Boetsch, who dropped his second straight at the hands of Mark Munoz (read about it here).

But, which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover now two days removed from the show?

None other than Anderson Silva, of course.

The former -- still sounds weird saying that -- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion looked to make a statement and pad his already impressive mixed martial (MMA) resume by attempting to hand Chris Weidman his first loss of his caged combat career.

But, as odd as it may sound, "The Spider" was unable to get the "W," forking over his 185-pound strap, the one he's had a tight grasp on for over eight years, to Weidman, as "All American" shocked the world by knocking the Brazilian bomber out cold (see it here), pulling off the biggest upset in the history of the sport.

Bigger than Matt Serra over Georges St. Pierre or Fabricio Werdum over Fedor Emelianenko.

So, what went wrong for "The Spider?"

Isn't it obvious? As "The American Gangster" declared, Silva's arrogance finally caught up to him. His habits of toying with his foes and making them look like amateurs has been somewhat of a trademark of Anderson's over his last few fights.

Weidman, however, wasn't about to be made a fool of. In what is irony at its best, Silva was knocked out by a left hook after pretending to be dazed by a mirror-image of the punch a few seconds earlier.

I still can't wrap my head around Silva's actions. I mean sure, his antics worked for him in the past against the likes of Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar, but, I'm surprised he decided to pull the same shtick against the man favored by many to defeat him.

I figured Silva would be hell bent on going out and blitzing through the younger Weidman to prove he is the best fighter on the planet ... when he's focused, which he obviously wasn't, according to some.

And while some may say the fix was in, Weidman not only proved he could do the unthinkable, but he gave Silva's next challenger hope when he steps into the Octagon against Silva.

So who should that be?

That's a tough one. The obvious choice would be rematch against "All American." But apparently, Silva's not having it ... or maybe he is?

Regardless, if and when Silva steps back into the cage, you can bet your bottom dollar he won't be repeating the same shenanigans that got him knocked out. Because as much as Silva claims he took Weidman seriously, it's obvious he didn't.

And because of it, he lost his coveted world title and his place as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Perhaps Joe Rogan said it best, "You can't play games in the Octagon. You can't get cocky, even if you're Anderson Silva. He got silly, he didn't respect his opponent and he paid for it with his consciousness."