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Chris Weidman-Lyoto Machida fight postponed to July 5

Chris Weidman Lyoto Machida

Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida were scheduled to headline UFC 173 on May 24, but the fight has been postponed to July 5, the UFC announced Monday.

The UFC says Weidman suffered a knee injury that will require minor surgery. The surgery must be extremely minor, because the fight is only being delayed by six weeks.

The UFC will announce the new headliner fight for UFC 173 in the coming days.

What’s interesting is that this is the second change with the UFC 173 main event; Weidman was originally slated to fight Vitor Belfort, but he withdrew after the TRT changes to the sport.

Did someone in Chris Weidman’s corner say ‘good, f— him’ after Anderson Silva broke leg? (Video)

Anderson Silva leg breakA video that’s starting to make the rounds on the ‘net seems to show that someone in Chris Weidman’s corner said “good, f— him” after Anderson Silva broke his leg in the second round of the fight between the two at UFC 168 on Saturday.

[Video: Anderson Silva suffers broken leg against Chris Weidman]

Weidman seemed to win the first round of the fight and was up in the second when he checked a kick from Silva that resulted in Silva snapping his tibia and fibula. The broken leg led to Weidman winning by second-round TKO.

I listened to the audio several times and it sure sounds like that’s what someone said. Certainly the tone in which it was barked didn’t sound positive.

Though this video will likely come across as Weidman’s team being extremely disrespectful towards Silva, I’m going to give them a break on this. When you’re in the moment and in a heated fight like that, I think that’s almost a natural reaction. Heck, you saw Weidman running around the octagon in celebration until he realized how badly Silva was hurt. He stopped celebrating at that point and then showed some compassion for his opponent.

Bloody Elbow also notes that Weidman could be heard calling Silva a “disrespectful piece of s—” after beating him at UFC 162. Keep in mind that Silva was extremely disrespectful towards Weidman during the fight and actually lost because he was showboating and left himself open.

I think this video is going to make the people in Weidman’s corner look a lot worse than they are.

Anderson Silva suffers broken leg against Chris Weidman (Video)

Anderson Silva lost to Chris Weidman for the second time in a row, only this time it was due to a horrific injury.

Silva broke his leg trying to kick Weidman in the second round of their fight at UFC 168. Silva obviously was unable to continue and lost by TKO.

Anderson Silva leg break

After the fight, Weidman paid his respects to Silva.

“Regardless of what happened in this fight, he’s still known as the greatest of all-time.”

Silva had to be stretchered out of the arena:

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Chris Weidman made his friends a lot of money with upset win

Anderson Silva Chris WeidmanChris Weidman pocketed $98,000 for his upset win over Anderson Silva at UFC 162 last weekend, and it sounds like he wasn’t the only member of his circle to profit from the victory.

Weidman was slightly more than a 2:1 underdog against Silva (+220), who was nearly a 1:3 favorite (-280) entering their middleweight title fight in Las Vegas. Not only did Weidman make $98,000 for the fight (including a $24,000 win bonus and $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus), but he also made his friends a ton of money with the win.

Weidman made the revelation during an interview with ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth. Hubbarth asked Weidman what he thought of being an underdog for the proposed rematch between him and Silva when he brought up the point.

“[Being an underdog again means] my friends get to win some more money,” Weidman told Hubbarth. “They actually did pretty good for themselves on this fight. Everybody’s trying to buy me dinner because I made them some money. I guess I’ll make them some more money on this next one.”

Weidman also talked about Silva clowning him in the octagon, a move that backfired because it gave Weidman a chance to sneak in some big punches and deliver a knockout.

[Watch: Anderson Silva knocked out while clowning around]

“He’s done that in all of his fights,” Weidman said of Silva clowning. “He gets inside his opponents’ heads. If you have any insecurities at all, lack of confidence, he’s going to make that even worse and expose you, make you feel like you don’t belong in the cage with him.”

Weidman somewhat defended Silva for the way he taunts his opponents by recognizing that it’s a strategy, but he said it didn’t bother him because Silva wasn’t hitting him while dancing.

Despite initially saying he was not interested in a rematch, Silva reportedly wants to face Weidman again. The only question is when the fight would take place.

Anderson Silva reportedly wants rematch with Chris Weidman

Anderson Silva Chris WeidmanAnderson Silva said after losing to Chris Weidman at UFC 162 last weekend that he was not interested in a rematch, but he may have already changed his mind.

According to Brazilian MMA reporter Guilherme Cruz, Lauro Jardim of Veja says Silva wants a rematch with Weidman for February 2014. Jardim is the editor-in-chief of Veja, which is Brazil’s largest magazine, per Cruz.

UFC boss Dana White said that he expected to have a rematch between the two for the New Year’s card, but Silva may prefer to push that back until the Super Bowl card.

Silva entered the UFC 162 fight having won 17 contests in a row, but he did not show enough respect to Weidman in the octagon. While Silva put on his customary show of ducking and dodging punches, he got caught by Weidman and was knocked out in the second round of their match. Weidman is a relative newcomer to UFC and 10-0 after his upset win. Sportsbooks have Silva has the slight favorite for the potential rematch.

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Anderson Silva knocked out by Chris Weidman while clowning around

Anderson Silva Chris WeidmanAnderson Silva was stunningly knocked out by challenger Chris Weidman during their middleight championship fight at UFC 162 in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Silva is a big showman who often dances in the octagon and flaunts his superior fighting skills, but this time the display backfired. Less than two minutes into the second round, Silva dropped his hands to show off his ability to dodge punches. He avoided some punches, but Weidman caught with a left-right combination, knocking the champion to the ground. Weidman then jumped on Silva and referee Herb Dean stepped in to stop the fight less than two minutes into the second round.

Jon Bones Jones, who has been discussed as a potential opponent for Silva, tweeted his disappointment with the outcome:

Silva was disappointed after the fight and said he did not want a rematch with Weidman. He even said he was not interested in fighting for the title again.

Something about the entire night seemed off. Before the fight, Dana White mentioned that Silva would get a rematch if he lost to Weidman. I’m not sure if White said that in response to a question, but it never made sense that that even came up. Silva has been awesome. He entered the contest on a 17-fight winning streak. Why would anyone plan on him losing? The whole thing just didn’t seem right, so it’s honestly not entirely surprising that the night ended with Silva getting knocked out.

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