Dana White: Anderson Silva is No Mike Tyson

Written by Tom Ngo
April 16th, 2010

Many moons ago, Mike Tyson took the boxing world by storm with his devastating game and charismatic personality. While most contended the closest thing MMA had to “Iron Mike” was Anderson Silva, after the debacle that went down this past Saturday in Abu Dhabi, UFC president Dana White claims it’s time to reassess.

“I think this guy is incredibly talented, and in the first couple of rounds, he was showing off and doing whatever he was doing, and that’s not what I’m in to. I don’t like it,” White said of Silva’s antics at UFC 112. “If you’re that talented, be Mike Tyson. Go in and finish it in two minutes.”

For his third straight title defense, the baddest 185-pounder on the planet appeared more interested in showboating than elbowing.

“I’d rather have somebody say, ‘Let’s not buy the Anderson Silva fight tonight because he knocks people out in two minutes,’ rather than, ‘He runs around like a jackass for 5Rounds,'” an irate White expressed during the UFC112 post-fight presser.

After calling Demian 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.

“As mad as I am right now, he’s one of the most talented guys in the business,” White said of his biggest enigma. “I don’t know what I’m going to do to him right now. I don’t know. I honestly don’t know what to say. I’m so blown away and disgusted and saddened.”

“The Spider” now owns a dominant 26-4 professional record and is prefect through his last 12 scraps. Saturday’s win over Maia marked his sixth consecutive title defense, a UFC record. Regardless, White states his resume isn’t impressive enough to warrant those types of shenanigans.

“Anderson Silva might be the first champion in history fighting on a prelim,” White said of demoting his superstar. “How do you sell Anderson Silva after tonight? How do you do it? People don’t want to see that [expletive]. I don’t want to see it.

“It makes me sick to my stomach.”

Easy there, Dana. While Anderson didn’t do himself any favors at UFC 112, would you really prefer the alternative?

The one thing Silva and Tyson appear to have in common is they both conduct post-fight interviews in different languages.

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