The first Weidman fight saw Silva strutting around the octagon and sticking his chin out in a show of rather unsportsmanlike antics. It wouldn’t have been so bad, had he not been knocked out by Weidman when his confidence got too high.
Next was their rematch, whose outcome made their first fight look like an episode of Care Bears. Yes, I’m talking about the tibia-break, the infamous spaghetti-leg of UFC 168. After a leg-kick gone awry, Silva’s leg snapped, and sent him crashing to the ground in pain. It was carnage. His legacy had taken a blow in his first loss to Weidman, but suddenly his career seemed to have come to an abrupt and tragic end.
But Silva, even after losing his belt, still has the heart of a champion. His competitive fire, it appears, still burns. Just a few months into his recovery, it was announced that the former champ and consensus best-ever would be returning to action in a middleweight superfight. His opponent? A beefed-up Nick Diaz, the older of Stockton’s two favourite sons. The pair will meet at UFC 183 on January 31st of 2015.