Erick Silva (pictured) didn’t look good in Sunday’s split decision defeat to Neil Magny at UFC Fight Night 74 – not just his performance, but his appearance.
Every athlete has a bad night, but Silva’s flabbier physique is what caught the attention of many in the MMA community. Some couldn’t help but take to Twitter to wonder aloud if the UFC’s new, stricter drug testing policy that kicked in on July 1 played a role in the welterweight’s new body:
Charlie Brenneman @SpaniardMMA – Dang Silva lookin soft in this one.
Derek Brunson @DerekBrunson – Erick Silva went from Mr. Baywatch to Dad bod ?? #UFCSaskatoon
Kenny Florian @kennyflorian – Silva definitely looks very different physically. Looking sloppy with his technique tonight as well. #UFCSaskatoon
Truck Gordon @TruckMMA_UFC – Someone is off the sauce #justsaying
David Michaud @bulldawgUFC – It’s weird seeing how different some guys bodies have been looking since their last fights
Well, it appears we weren’t the only ones to notice the change in Silva’s appearance. Silva took to Instagram to explain that a pre-fight injury is what prevented him from looking his best – physically and in the fight.
“About the fight: Honestly, I did not like my performance, and was overcome, I was embarrassed by my performance, my body, I know that I am much more than that Erick who presented yesterday, my main mistake was insisting on fighting, and put only my ‘head’ in play as my coaches and my doctors did their best as much as possible so that I at least was in the fight,” Silva wrote in Portuguese (translated by Google). “Was not a good month for me, more so nobody else wants to know and is not nobody else’s problem, I made a ridiculous performance and deserved to lose, I paid the price for it.
“So I can only affirm and ensure that the next time I set foot in that Octagon again will be 100% physically uninjured, and with the full training period, otherwise do like everyone does, cancel the fight. I also want to thanks all who are with me in defeat and in victory, make sure that the amount whose support is greater than he who lays down.”
Silva was nearly a 2-1 odds-on favorite to beat Magny, who stepped in on just 11 days’ notice to co-headline the show.
Silva has never flunked a drug test in 25 professional outings. Only three of his fights have taken place outside of his homeland of Brazil, including Sunday’s bout in Canada.