Matt Serra on Silva Fight: Weidman ‘Did the Right Thing’ Checking That Kick
At UFC 168, Chris Weidman defeated legendary fighter Anderson Silva for the second time in a row via a gruesome leg kick-check, which unfortunately resulted in Silva’s leg breaking horrendously. Since the victory, some fans have strangely called into question Weidman’s performance in the fight, with comments directed at the check itself, the “fluke” nature of the win, or even his post-fight celebration. Weidman’s trainer, former UFC Welterweight champion Matt Serra, recently told Examiner.com that he believes that Weidman did nothing wrong.
“See, here’s the thing; of course you’d like to have a nice knockout or a nice submission, or a ref stoppage or something like that, but the fight game is like chess, and he [Weidman] made the right move…If Chris doesn’t lift that leg up and check it — like Ray Longo showed him how to — he’s eating that kick. And here’s the thing about a kick like that; the harder you throw it, the worse for wear you are,” said Serra.
While Serra stresses that they did not want to see Silva get injured the way that he did, he believes that Weidman not only did the right thing, but deserves respect from the outcome.
“It is unfortunate, but it was the right move by Chris. I’m upset that Anderson got hurt, and that’s unfortunate. But at the same time, our guy did the right thing…They should respect him after this.”