If you didn’t see UFC 168, you missed one hell of an event. But the main topic I want to get to was the final match where Anderson broke his leg against Weidman’s knee (or upper shin area). This wasn’t luck and this kind of defense is utilized in several arts, most notably panantukan (kali).
I doubt Chris Weidman actually knows where that block originated from, but he did mention that he trained to check kicks using his knee and in the fight he used it perfectly, unfortunately for Silva. So that was no fluke.
Ideally the kick is supposed to be met with the knee but in the actual fight, Silva’s foot hit the lower part of Weidman’s foot. That part of the body is very hard and it was basically the equivalent of taking a board used for breaking in karate with 2 hands and smacking it down on a hard rock.
That’s pretty much what happened to Anderson and it was very difficult to watch. I’ve seen and tried this defense before but I never imagined it could be THAT devastating. In some of my street fighting classes, we used that exact same method of blocking to stop low kicks.
As I mentioned before, this move is straight out of panantukan, and probably a number of other arts, but in panantukan, a lot of blocking involves using your elbows and knees for the specific purpose of destroying the hands and legs of the opponent.
When someone tries to jab you, instead of parrying, blocking or slipping the punch, you block it with your elbow. If done right you can break the person’s hand. Even when done with boxing gloves on, this defensive move can be VERY painful. Having been on the opposing end of it, I can vouch for that.
When someone tries to kick you (low), you use your knee to meet the shin of the kick. If done right, and Weidman did it, you can shatter the shin.
When someone tried to do a high/mid line kick, you can block with one hand and use your elbow to hit the shin with the other.
Honestly, this kind of stuff is utilized in muay thai, muay boran and most notably panantukan. I was always told the purpose of these blocks, but I was always skeptical of it working as my trainers said it could. Not anymore.
This form of defense is known as “de-fang the snake” where the snake if the opponent throwing the punches and kicks and your elbows and knees are basically swords used to stop the snake. Panantukan is an art devised from FMA (Filipino martial arts).
Hat’s off to Chris Weidman. This fight was not a fluke. He was beating Anderson before the kick happened. Not taking anything away from Silva as he can be one of the most unpredictable fighters, but I think Weidman played a very safe game. Could Silva have won? Very possible. But we can’t play these what if’s after the results are in.
The move that ended the fight:
An illustration of what happened to Anderson Silva (End of video):
If fighters start implementing this form of blocking in the UFC, it’s going to change the game like crazy. Although it takes a ton of skills and precision to pull off, this move is very practical. We’ve just never seen it before on a mainstream scale. Panantukan is not a sport. It is a street art, which means anything goes.
I really hope Silva is going to be ok. That kind of freak “accident” is not something he’ll ever be able to fully recover from. I’ve been a huge fan of Silva’s and still am. I hope he’ll come back, but he’ll need a lot of time to recover.
What do you guys think about this whole thing? Shout out in the comments below! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.