Beat a legend once, and it might be regarded as a fluke. Turn the
trick twice in row, however, and suddenly the doubters begin to
fade into the background.
Weidman secured his spot atop the middleweight division with a
second-round stoppage of Anderson
Silva in the UFC
168 headliner, his second consecutive triumph over the longtime
185-pound ruler. The method of the second victory was just as
shocking as the first, as the “All-American” checked a Silva kick
and broke the Brazilian’s leg. As soon as it happened, “The Spider”
collapsed to the canvas in agony. Weidman will not have much time
to bask in the glow of victory, as a showdown with feared knockout
Browne announced his title candidacy with a violent first-round
knockout of former UFC heavyweight titlist Josh Barnett.
With wins over Gabriel
Overeem and Barnett, “Hapa” has quickly moved from curiosity to
proven commodity in a few months’ time.
Looking ahead, Super Bowl weekend could potentially bring a shakeup
in the featherweight and bantamweight rankings. Renan Barao
will attempt to unify the bantamweight title by defeating reigning
-- and returning -- 135-pound ruler Dominick
Cruz in the UFC
169 headliner, while Jose Aldo
looks to defend his featherweight crown against streaking contender
Lamas in the co-main event.