Anderson Silva was recently asked to weigh-in on Chris Weidman’s much discussed loss to Gegard Mousasi last weekend, and his comments are likely raising some eyebrows.
Weidman was handed his third, consecutive defeat at UFC 210, after Mousasi cracked him with knees that were at first called fouls, but then ruled as legal. While officials were evaluating the strikes, doctors determined that Weidman was unable to continue, and ultimately he was handed a TKO loss.
Well, when Silva was asked for his take on the fight, here is what the legend had to say (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I quickly saw a clip the guys showed me on their phones,” Silva said. “The rule is very clear: He didn’t have his hand on the ground. So, he was kneed and the knee was legal. The rule is clear. If he has his hands on the ground, four points of contact, you can’t hit him. Mousasi lifted him off the ground when he was hitting. It was the ref’s mistake, obviously, and when he put his hands back there, he was defenseless.
“But these are things that happen. Weidman is a very lucky guy, and this time he wasn’t lucky. He’s very lucky, but his luck ran out. He had some luck for a while, and now it’s over.”
Now, if you read between the lines here, one could certainly conclude that Silva was referring to his second loss to Weidman. Silva broke his leg in that fight, after Weidman checked a legkick the former champ fired. That fight followed Silva’s KO loss to Weidman, which saw the latter pound him out as the star taunted the decorated wrestler.
The UFC is currently looking for a new opponent for Silva, who was supposed to fight Kelvin Gastelum on June 3rd. Recently, however, Gastelum was flagged for a potential anti-doping violation for marijuana, and was pulled from the event.