To many, the unthinkable happened last Saturday when Chris Weidman stopped Anderson Silva with strikes in the second round of their main event bout at UFC 162. While one would think that statement would provide some answers, it actually only raises more questions.
Was that the best Anderson Silva? Was that really the best Chris Weidman? Is Chris Weidman truly the best middleweight? Did both fighters compete far outside of their own comfort zones as strategy against the other? What could happen in a rematch?
So many questions, such little time.
There's a lot going on, so join me today to discuss all of this and more. In terms of today's chat, anything is up for discussion, but I will lead with this and it all kicks off at 1 p.m. ET.
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Talk with you all at 1 p.m. ET.
And here are timestamps of questions asked (props to reader 'that guy is kevin'):
2:30 Recap/Review of Silva vs Weidman + Luke's Victory Lap + Explains nature of MMA prediction
12:20 Did Weidman get tired in the first? Your reaction to the knockout?
15:56 Do you think Silva took his showboating too far?
19:55 Should Chris Leben retire?
20:10 Rating MMA fans
21:23 Is Silva still the Greatest of All Time?
22:45 Who is the next UFC champ to be dethroned?
23:25 Biggest upset in MMA?
24:53 How will the Weidman vs Silva rematch go down?
27:20 Do you think Tate has a chance for an upset?
27:56 Should MMA referees size be a factor in the assignments they draw?
31:31 Should Gonzaga get Miocic next?
31:45 What do you think of the next INVICTA card? Will Cyborg beat Coenen?
32:55 What does Pound-for-Pound mean?
35:47 Could the Silva vs Weidman rematch PPV buyrate challenge UFC 100's PPV buyrate?
39:30 Thoughts on Dana White's comments on fighter pay
43:15 Thoughts on appalling Round Table on Sports Illustrated.
45:18 Does the Gustafsson have the tools to dethrone Jones?
45:32 Should the Silva vs Weidman rematch be on the same card as Rousey vs Tate rematch on Dec 28?
46:44 Why did Silva taunted so much even into the second round?
51:28 How much does an average MMA journalist get paid?
52:41 Thoughts on Swanson vs Siver stoppage.
52:52 Which UFC division looks the most exciting?
53:22 Where does the winner of Macdonald vs Ellenberger go?
53:37 Do you sometimes wonder why you try to intelligently cover a sport whittled with stupidity?
55:50 Why hasn't Matt Brown gotten more bonuses or interviews?
57:02 Thoughts on Benson Henderson's black belt debut?
57:28 Will the July 31st Bellator card have the potential to gain more casual fans?
59:50 Lombard vs Marquardt. Who do you like more?
1:00:40 Would you rather have Weidman won in the manner everyone expected?
1:04:55 Can you give us your top 5 p4p?
1:06:29 Would you allow 12-to-6 elbow strikes OR knees to the head of a downed opponent?
1:07:14 Which is your favorite MMA walkout?
1:08:12 Should the Octagon be smaller?
1:09:00 Volley of Questions!!!
1:10:00 When is the next episode of MMA beat?
1:10:15 Do you think the UFC is against Aldo moving up?
1:11:00 Where does Silva's fight rank in terms of 'past era' ending fights?
1:14:19 Can we acknowledge Weidman's off-rhythm striking?
1:20:16 Does Weidman fans or is it all Silva haters?
1:20:50 Should MMA reporters train in martial arts?
1:21:26 Why do you think Dana acts like an a-hole, yet always give him interviews?
1:22:45 Are you surprised Shogun is the slight favorite in his next fight with Sonnen?
1:23:34 In the rematch, do you see Weidman taking down Silva a lot?
1:25:14 Thoughts on Melendez vs Sanchez
1:25:23 ESPN bashing UFC for not allowing Silva vs Weidman knockout video.
1:27:03 Is it true that a judge scored the first round for Silva?