UFC 168 Review: The End of an Era
I revisited this blog a couple of days ago and I realized that I have not written for so long. What better time to write again following this year’s last UFC card, especially in light of how today’s main event ended.
My picks were Barnett, Rousey and Silva. I only got one out of three. Josh Barnett was the biggest disappointment. I was expecting him to clinch and rough up Browne and finish him with strikes or on the ground, as he is really crafty in both striking and in grappling. After a hard knee by Browne forced Barnett to go for a takedown, he got finished the same way Browne finished Gabriel Gonzaga, with uber vicious elbow strikes to the head.
The Women’s Bantamweight championship match was the most entertaining match of the night. I watched a lot of Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate as coaches in the latest TUF incarnation so I had huge expectations for this fight. It was a back and forth battle and both fighters fought well. In the end, what was evident was that Ronda Rousey is one bad girl! Her Judo throws were something to behold and the fact that she improved her standup shows that she is a real student of the fight game.
Now let’s get down to the main event. A lot of people, including me, were not convinced that Chris Weidman really won in the first go-around with the G.O.A.T. It looked more like Anderson Silva gave the fight away. With Anderson Silva’s track record, it would be safe to assume that he would bounce back. What would unfold would be one of the most gruesome injuries that I have seen in the UFC.
After almost getting knocked out again in the first round, the Spider looked to rebound in the second round. But how the fight ended reminded me of Shaun Livingston’s injury with the Clippers several years back and of Kevin Ware of Louisville’s injury this year.
It was the worst way to go out but I believe that we have seen the last of Anderson Silva inside the Octagon. He has a lot of mileage and has been dominant for so long. He will still go down as the Greatest fighter of All time and I think he does not have anything more to prove in the UFC. As a fan of the UFC, this reminds me of the time when I saw Michael Jordan come back and play for the Wizards. He should have ended his career out on top. The same goes for Mr. Silva. Time to hang it up champ. I started watching the UFC because of you. The changing of the guard for the Middleweight division is now upon us. The end of an era for the Greatest Fighter of All Time.