According to a July 6 post from Bleacher Report, Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva pretty much kissed at the UFC 162 weigh-ins.
As UFC President Dana White watched intently, Silva and Weidman pushed their faces so close together that their lips briefly made contact.
Weidman was a good sport about the incident immediately after the kiss, telling UFC color commentator Joe Rogan that Silva has “nice lips.”
He admitted the encounter was “a little weird,” but that didn’t stop him from having a little fun with it via Twitter.
Weidman told his legion of Twitter followers that it doesn’t count as a kiss unless you pucker up.
“Btw doesn’t count as a kiss unless u pucker up…” Weidman tweeted.
Looking back on the UFC 162 weigh-ins, is it possible that Silva purposely gave Weidman a little smooch just to throw him off his game and get into his head a bit?
Silva has beaten plenty of men before he ever stepped into the cage with them, and this may be another of his genius moves to get the mental edge on an opponent.
“Anderson has definitely beat a lot of guys before they even walked in the cage,” Weidman said. “He has a certain reputation that he’s earned for himself, and he deserves that because he’s beat the crap out of guys for a while. But he’s not going to have that with me.
“I’m not going down because I’m not confident and just want to see how I do in there. I’m in there to win this fight, and that’s it. I’m going for the finish. There’s nothing he could do or say that’s going to stop me. He’s just another guy to me that I’m trying to tear through.”
The more logical assumption would be that the UFC 162 kiss heard round the world was completely accidental.
Silva and Weidman, who fight in the main event of UFC 162, were trying to press their foreheads together to help build the hype for their historic fight, but it simply didn’t go as planned.
Since Weidman made light of the incident and Silva didn’t comment on it, fight fans are going to forget all about the kiss once the fight goes down.
Weidman has six stoppages in his nine pro MMA victories, while Silva is arguably the greatest MMA fighter of all-time. Once UFC 162 is completed, hopefully fight fans will be talking about the action inside the cage rather than the smooch outside of it.
“I’m prepared for a full five-round absolute war with things going his way and against me, just so I can battle through it and show heart, almost show a Frankie Edgar-like heart,” Weidman told USA TODAY sports.
“I’m ready for that, but I’m also ready to take him down and submit him away. I’m ready to punch him in the face and knock him out. That would be ideal. But either way, a victory is good for me.”
Silva fights Weidman on July 6 in the main event of UFC 162, live in Las Vegas.
Eric Holden is a lifelong supporter of MMA and the UFC. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.