Despite the fiasco fans believe they witnessed at UFC 112 on Saturday, Anderson Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, claims the middleweight king’s antics in Abu Dhabi weren’t AS BAD after seeing them on replay.
“In watching the fight again last night, I didn’t really think it was as bad as I may have felt when I was watching it live,” Soares told Kimura.se.
UFC president Dana White must be breathing a sigh of relief knowing DVR’s across the planet are re-loading this weekend’s debacle.
“Demian Maia talked a lot of crap before the fight and said a lot of things personally to Anderson,” said Soares, attempting to justify his star’s shenanigans. “To me, when I look at it, the emotions got to him and basically he wanted to make [Maia] pay and suffer for all the stuff he was saying.”
After calling Maia out in the opening rounds for not engaging, Silva was the one that spent the championship stanzas circling the Octagon refusing to throw. Not only did this enrage fans, who booed the champ for much of the 5thRound, but White went absolutely ballistic after witnessing Silva’s sideshow act.
If Silva wanted to prolong the punishment, why wasn’t “The Spider” flinging his webs?
“There was obviously a change, we don’t know what it was,” Soares said of Silva’s mentality throughout the 25-minute affair. “He did say after the 3rdRound that he couldn’t find his distance. He was really looking [to finish].
“He told me after the fight, ‘Ed, I swear I was trying to finish the fight, but in the middle of the 3rdRound, I couldn’t find my distance properly. I was well prepared for the fight. I was trying to finish the fight, but at that point in time I just couldn’t link together my combinations to finish the fight. I couldn’t find it, it wasn’t clicking from the 3rdRound on.'”
What Silva did appear to find was insanity, as MMA’s most efficient striker single-handedly turned the historic event into his very own circus act during the championship rounds.
White was so disgusted with Silva that he handed the belt to Soares in the 4thRound and told him to wrap the gold around Silva’s waist because White wasn’t going to do it.
“Anderson and I spoke with him last night. Dana basically said his point of view, which we understand,” Soares said of his meeting with White. “We’ve talked to him. Everything’s fine. We’re sorry that he felt that way. We explained our things and he explained his side. He made a lot of valid points, and it happens sometimes.
“We’re going to put the gameplan together for the next fight.”
The trio were supposed to meet following the UFC 112 post-fight press conference, and if they are now indeed copacetic, it would be a complete 180 from the White that was seething throughout the media pow-wow.
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