Monday, April 12, 2010

Silva taunts Maia - UFC 112

"Saturday's Ultimate Fighting Championship show in Abu Dhabi broke ground in more ways than one. First outdoor show. First trip to the Middle East. First loss for BJ Penn as a lightweight in eight years. Lowest point in Dana White's tenure as UFC president. The lightweight title fight has been repeatedly dissected for the judges' scoring, the middleweight title fight roundly criticized for the champion's posturing."

"AS: I don't feel like I owe anyone an apology right now. Sometime's fights turn out good, sometimes they turn out bad.

- Anderson Silva at the UFC 112 post-fight press conference via Ariel Helwani.

So there you go. Despite his apology directly after the fight Anderson has gone ahead and pulled a 180. Silva also went on to spend a lot of time at the presser discussing the fact that his intention was to "punish" Demian Maia for "disrespecting" him as a fighter. Despite repeated requests to explain how he was disrespected by Maia, Silva did not give an answer.

One can only assume that the issue in Anderson's mind is that Maia acted "too superior" to the champion in terms of the ground game during the pre-fight interviews. Silva is a high level black belt and may have felt that Maia was not giving him an appropriate level of credit in that facet of the game.

The performance Silva gave certainly did not impress UFC president Dana White who sounds soured on the idea of the Silva/Georges St. Pierre superfight that was being pushed heading into today. Again from Ariel's tweets of the post fight festivities comes this quote from White:

"I don't want to see GSP vs. Silva after tonight. Silva might be the first champion fighting on a prelim. I don't want to see that shit."

Dana White "Embarrassed" by Silva's performance

Disappointing fight? Yes, but was well worth going to the event.


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