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UFC Atlantic Metropolis: Chris Weidman scores 1st win in 4 years after double-eye poke stops Bruno Silva

Chris Weidman notched a much-needed win despite judges ruling he had poked Bruno Silva in the eye for a third (or fourth) time. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Chris Weidman is back in the win column. He took a very weird route to get there. The former UFC middleweight champion defeated Bruno

UFC Atlantic Metropolis: Chris Weidman scores 1st win in 4 years after double-eye poke stops Bruno Silva

Jack Baer

ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY - MARCH 30: (R-L) Chris Weidman punches Bruno Silva of Brazil in a middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Boardwalk Hall Arena on March 30, 2024 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Chris Weidman notched a much-needed win regardless of judges ruling he had poked Bruno Silva within the eye for a 3rd (or fourth) time. (Photograph by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC by way of Getty Pictures)

Chris Weidman is again within the win column. He took a really bizarre path to get there.

The previous UFC middleweight champion defeated Bruno Silva in Atlantic Metropolis on Saturday, ending the guy veteran after leveling him with a counter within the third spherical.

At the very least, that is what we thought occurred at first.

Replay ended up telling the reality. A slow-motion feed confirmed Weidman had put his left fingers in Silva’s proper eye, then landed his proper hand within the left eye, which despatched Silva reeling and susceptible to some fight-ending ground-and-pound.

That is wildest shit I’ve ever seen. A double eye poke mixture lol. And this was simply scored as a TKO for Weidman. Wild.

— MartialMind 🇳🇬🇺🇲 (@MartialMind1) March 31, 2024

The combat had already been stopped a number of occasions on account of eye pokes by Weidman within the second and third rounds. The latter truly noticed each fighters poke one another within the eye concurrently. It was a disgrace as a result of the 39-year-old Weidman was wanting extra dynamic than he has in years, a stretch of time during which he had gone 2-7.

A prolonged delay adopted the end as referee Gary Copeland and the judges conferred. It was initially speculated a no-contest was coming, however then Weidman was introduced the winner. Silva was visibly upset all through all this.

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Weidman proceeded to elucidate in his post-fight interview he had certainly poked Silva within the eye, and that it was Silva’s fault for instantly dropping to the bottom moderately than standing:

“I obtained poked within the eye too, however that is my recommendation to Bruno. A lot respect to him, and it seemed like I touched his eyeball when he was coming in. You possibly can’t drop to the bottom like that in case your eye will get poked.

“You’ve obtained to face. If the refs sees it — you possibly can’t simply drop. He did that like thrice, and it caught as much as him.”

After the interview, the ESPN broadcast proceeded to elucidate the combat had truly been referred to as a unanimous choice win, because the judges dominated the attention pokes left Silva unable to proceed and went to the scorecards as a substitute. All three judges had it as a 30-27 shutout for Weidman.

The total rationalization:

“They went to the scorecards after the attention pokes. They determined to halt the combat proper there. After which after all they couldn’t restart it. Initially scored a TKO victory, the fee has reviewed it. They thought the attention pokes have been an excessive amount of. So it didn’t result in the TKO victory. The combat stopped, they usually scored the combat to that time.

“So each the primary two rounds have been scored for Weidman. After which they scored the third spherical to that time when it was stopped.”

The win is Weidman’s first win since Aug. 8, 2020.

One group that wasn’t a fan of watching this was UFC fighters, a lot of whom appeared to assume Weidman benefited from some favorable decision-making:

That is simply improper man. With each factor that comes with dropping a combat, I really feel for Bruno

— Sodiq Yusuff (@Super_Sodiq) March 31, 2024

Punch a gap in his fudging eye

— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 31, 2024

No contest the one play right here !

— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) March 31, 2024

I’m sorry however there’s some favoritism happening right here

— Brian BOOM Kelleher (@brianboom135) March 31, 2024

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One way or the other, this wasn’t even the primary combat of the night time to be determined by an eye fixed poke, because the earlier bout noticed Nursulton Ruziboev defeat Sedriques Dumas by way of first-round TKO after Dumas tried to have the combat stopped on account of an eye fixed poke. All that did was leave him more vulnerable to some punishment from Ruziboev.

Yahoo Sports activities’ Jason Owens contributed to this report.

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