There was a time when Roy Jones Jr. ruled the boxing ring and had most wondering if he was too talented for his own good. It seems as though UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva may have just reached that same point inside the Octagon.
As Jones steamrolled his way to 34 straight wins to start off his professional career, many experts thought he was a victim of his own era.
Nobody was around to challenge what he had to offer inside the squared-circle, which featured a lethal combination of skill, speed and confidence.
Does that sound familiar?
Silva has now won 12 consecutive fights, including this weekend’s lackluster performance against Demian Maia at UFC 112. His last loss came four years ago when he landed an illegal up-kick to Yushin Okami’s face that resulted in a disqualification.
Despite not posting resounding wins in his last several middleweight title defenses, he’s still won every single Octagon affair in lopsided manner.
It sounds ridiculous that fans can be so upset at someone for winning, but that’s the predicament Silva finds himself in because the expectations have been set so high for the superstar. At the same time, his shenanigans in Abu Dhabi certainly didn’t win him any support.
There were flashes of brilliance by the champ during the main event on Saturday, but those sightings were few and far between.
Many would contest that during his run through the UFC’s 185-pound division, Silva has rarely been tested and the organization has struggled to find deserving challengers to legitimately push him.
Even UFC president Dana White was baffled with what he should do with Silva. The Brazilian appears to be more like a snake rather than a spider, as he strikes only when he has to.
Silva has made it clear that fans will only be treated to his masterful skills when he’s being challenged, or if he has a point to prove. That’s when Silva has put on his best performances.
All we have to do is take a look back at his dominant performance against former light heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin to see what he can really do. That knockout was directed at those who doubted his position as the planet’s greatest pound-for-pound fighter.