Any fighter will likely tell you that the most satisfying way to win a fight is via knockout or submission. At UFC 168, Chris Weidman was victorious over Anderson Silva by way of TKO via injury. Although not the most highlight friendly way of winning, Weidman checked an Anderson Silva leg kick which in turn broke Silva’s leg.
If you ask Weidman’s trainer Matt Serra about what he thinks of the victory, he’ll tell you he doesn’t a problem with the way Weidman won at all:
“Why is it odd,” asked Serra when questioned by Examiner.com post-fight at UFC 168. “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.
“He 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.
So what do you think? Should people be respecting Weidman more for his win or do you feel it may have been different had Silva not broke his leg?