For those who watched “UFC 112: Invincible” on Saturday afternoon, you witnessed Anderson Silva post a third consecutive controversial victory in defending his middleweight title.
Although Frankie Edgar upset BJ Penn to win the UFC lightweight title in the card’s co-main event, it was Silva’s antics that stole the spotlight.
“For something like this to happen, I honestly … I apologize and I’m embarrassed,” Dana White told the media.
Like most fans, White lost interest in the fight during the 4thRound. However, the outspoken promoter took his anger a step further when he approached Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, dropped the title in his lap, and told him to put the belt on Silva when the fight was over.
Silva showcased his superior striking and circus act for the first 10 minutes of the scrap, however appeared to shut himself down after that to coast to a unanimous decision victory.
With less than a minute to go in the final round, referee Dan Miragliotta warned the champion that he would deduct a point if Silva kept circling the Octagon with no intent to engage.
Once revered for his class and respect towards the sport and his opponents, the Brazilian showed a dark side in Abu Dhabi – and he’s not sorry for it either.
“I don’t feel like I owe anyone an apology right now. Sometimes fights turn out good, sometimes they turn out bad,” Silva said at the post fight press conference.
There were several occasions during the first couple of rounds where Silva could’ve easily ended the bout, but for some reason took his foot off the gas pedal and decided to mock Maia instead of sock him.
Silva’s last three middleweight title defenses (UFC 90, UFC 97 and UFC 112) have left fans yearning for more.
Is this a case of boredom or has “The Spider” lost his killer instinct?