Originally Posted by Captain Trips
The clowning didn't make it a brilliant performance. This did:
Those opening are a clear result of the clowning. Anderson got Bonnar and Forrest to open themselves up in attacking him after taunting them to do so and then landed his devastating counter shot.
With Weidman he was taunting and taunting and Weidman would not bite on Anderson's time. Instead he stayed patient and picked his shots when he saw openings.
Anderson is used to guys taking that bait and rushing in recklessly. Not only would Weidman not bite, but he clowned Anderson back Diaz/Penn style and got Anderson to whiff on his punches.
The "trick" Anderson didn't try against Weidman was to punch or kick him and go for a finish. I never said I thought it was a fluke, just than Anderson's non-performance diminished the credit Weidman deserves. That has obviously led to people saying it was fluke or saying that Anderson threw the fight. He has acted silly in the past, but he's also been an absolute killer. I want Anderson to fight like he did in the Sonnen rematch in December.
Anderson did try to punch and kick Weidman. THe issue was he was could not time Weidman or get his range and him not landing his shots on Weidman and Weidman was landing his on Anderson.
The issue was that Weidman was throwing Anderson off his game by clowning and taunting him by leaving himself wide open and still dodging Anderson's shots.
When you fight better finishers then Bonnar and Forrest this is what happens.