UFC 156 Scrambles Title Picture in several Divisions; Part 1 — The Middleweights

Posted: February 4, 2013 in Commentary/Opinion, UFC Events
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UFC 156: Bizarro World is in the books and I’m still trying to wrap my hands around it. The biggest take away from this event is that the title pictures in several weight classes got all screwed up—or clarified, if you’re a glass-half-full kinda person. This is the first of a group of articles I’ll be posting on winners and losers in the title picture based on happenings at UFC 156.

Middleweight

What happened: How can an event without even one middleweight fight have such a big impact on the middleweight title? Well, it did. Rashad Evans was supposed to walk all over aging Pride legend/steppingstone Antonio Rogerio Nogueira; grab an easy victory; and waltz into a gift-wrapped title shot with Anderson Silva. Unfortunately for the script-writers, Nogueira started ad-libbing and Evans was too lethargic to care. That means Evans shouldn’t even sniff the middleweight belt.

Biggest Winners: Chris Weidman. Weidman’s come a long way in the past few months without even fighting. He went from being called a joke and an amateur by one of Silva’s mouthpieces; to being reluctantly considered by Ed Soares as a possible contender; and now he seems to be the only one left. I now think we’ll be seeing Silva/Weidman this year.

Biggest Losers: Silva. At this stage of his career, Silva doesn’t want to be taking any unnecessary chances in regards to his legacy. He wants only high-profile fights or low-risk fights. Weidman isn’t either of those. He’s not high-profile enough to warrant a giant cross-over fight; and he’s definitely not low risk. He has some of the same qualities that gave Silva a major scare when he fought Chael Sonnen. Losing to Weidman would be a big blow to Silva’s ego—and legacy.

UFC 156 is a story of how Rashad Evans blew his chance at getting a title shot outside his own division—a division who is in dire need of legitimate contenders. By process of elimination, Chris Weidman will likely get that title shot he’s been hoping for since he destroyed mark Munoz. And Silva probably won’t have any more ways to avoid it.

Stay tuned for more UFC 156 fall-out later today.

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  1. […] UFC 156 Scrambles Title Picture in several Divisions; Part 1 — The Middleweights […]

  2. […] Happened: As was true with the Middleweights, UFC 156 had a major impact on the LW title picture without really considering the in-cage results […]

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