LAS VEGAS -- Chris Weidman sent a shock wave through mixed martial arts, stopping Anderson Silva in the second round of the main event at UFC 162 to become the new middleweight champion on Saturday night.

Silva talked, taunted and dared Weidman to engage him. When the champion lowered his hands early in the second round, Weidman caught him with a short left that sent the MMA star to the mat. Weidman pounced and landed a few more shots that forced referee Herb Dean to stop the fight at 1:18.

"I felt destined for this," Weidman said. "It was far-fetched, but I imagined it so many times before in my head."

The win put an end to Silva's nearly seven-year reign atop the UFC middleweight division and his 17-fight win streak.

"I worked for this fight, Chris Weidman is the best now. He is the champion," Silva said. "I've had the belt for a long time. I'm tired."

The former champion fell to 33-5 with the loss.

"(Silva) was an idol of mine. I didn't want to mention it in the camp," said Weidman (10-0), who earned knockout of the night award. "I looked up to him for many years."

In the co-main event in front of a capacity crowd at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar outwrestled and outstruck Charles Oliveira to get the win by unanimous decision.

Fighting in his first non-title fight in more than 3 1/2 years, Edgar looked sharp and utilized excellent footwork to avoid Oliveira. The first two rounds were close, but the third saw Edgar land a number of clean power punches and pull away for the win.

"I thought I had him hurt in the third, but he showed some toughness," said Edgar, who improved to 15-4-1 and placed himself in title contention with the win. Oliveira fell to 16-4.

On the main card, Mark Munoz and Tim Kennedy each earned unanimous decision victories and Cub Swanson bested Dennis Siver in a battle of highly ranked featherweights with a third round TKO.



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  • Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva, Herb Dean

    Referee Herb Dean moves in to break up Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva during the second round during of their UFC 162 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas. Weidman won the fight with a TKO. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva

    Chris Weidman kicks Anderson Silva during their UFC 162 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas. Weidman won the fight with a TKO. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Chris Weidman

    Chris Weidman reacts after knocking down Anderson Silva during the second round of their UFC 162 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Chris Weidman

    Chris Weidman, right, reacts after defeating Anderson Silva during the second round of their UFC 162 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas. Weidman won by a TKO. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Anderson Silva

    Anderson Silva gets from the canvas after Chris Weidman won their UFC 162 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout by a TKO at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva

    Chris Weidman connects with Anderson Silva during the second round during their UFC 162 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas. Weidman won the fight with a TKO. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Chris Weidman

    Chris Weidman reacts after knocking down Anderson Silva during the second round of their UFC 162 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Frankie Edgar, Charles Oliveira

    Frankie Edgar upends Charles Oliveira during their UFC 162 mixed martial arts featherweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas. Edgar won the fight by an unanimous decision. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Frankie Edgar, Charles Oliveira

    Frankie Edgar throws Charles Oliveira to the mat during their UFC 162 mixed martial arts featherweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas. Edgar won the fight by an unanimous decision. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Frankie Edgar, Charles Oliveira

    Frankie Edgar punches Charles Oliveira during their UFC 162 mixed martial arts featherweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas. Edgar won the fight by an unanimous decision. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Frankie Edgar, Charles Oliveira

    Frankie Edgar, right. is hugged by Charles Oliveira after their UFC 162 mixed martial arts featherweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas. Edgar won the fight by an unanimous decision. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Tim Kennedy, Roger Gracie

    Roger Gracie has the upper hand over Tim Kennedy during their UFC 162 mixed martial arts middleweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas. kennedy won the fight by an unanimous decision after three rounds. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Tim Kennedy, Roger Gracie

    Tim Kennedy punches Roger Gracie during their UFC 162 mixed martial arts middleweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas. kennedy won the fight by an unanimous decision after three rounds. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Tim Kennedy, Roger Gracie

    Tim Kennedy connects with a kick on Roger Gracie during their UFC 162 mixed martial arts middleweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas. kennedy won the fight y an unanimous decision after three rounds. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Mark Munoz, Tim Boetsch

    Mark Munoz pounds Tim Boetsch during their UFC 162 mixed martial arts middleweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas. Munoz won the fight by an unanimous decision. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Mark Munoz

    Mark Munoz celebrates his unanimous decision victory over Tim Boetsch after their UFC 162 mixed martial arts middleweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Mark Munoz, Tim Boetsch

    Mark Munoz, right, holds on to Tim Boetsch during their UFC 162 mixed martial arts middleweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas. Munoz won by a unanimous decision. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Tim Boetsch, Mark Munoz

    Tim Boetsch, left, is upended by Mark Munoz during their UFC 162 mixed martial arts middleweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas. Munoz won by a unanimous decision. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Cub Swanson, Dennis Siver

    Cub Swanson towers over Dennis Siver during their UFC 162 mixed martial arts featherweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas. Swanson won the match by at TKO. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Cub Swanson, Dennis Siver

    Cub Swanson, left, grapples with Dennis Siver during their UFC 162 mixed martial arts featherweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas. Swanson won by a TKO in the third round. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Dennis Siver, Cub Swanson

    Dennis Siver, left and Cub Swanson trade punches during their UFC 162 mixed martial arts featherweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas. Swanson won by a TKO in the third round. (AP Photo/David Becker)

  • Cub Swanson

    Cub Swanson reacts after defeating Dennis Siver during the third round of their UFC 162 mixed martial arts featherweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)