Although UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva may have stated he wasn’t remorseful about his antics at UFC 112, Demian Maia – the man he dissed directly – claims the champion not only apologized to him, but “begged” for forgiveness.
“I just thought it was disrespectful for him to swear at me during the fight,” Maia told GracieMag.com. “Saying things like, ‘You (expletive) momma’s boy, show me your jiu jitsu.’ That type of stuff. I felt it was disrespectful and unnecessary.
“Aside from that, it was a normal fight.”
Actually, most would contend everything that went down during the main event in Abu Dhabi this past Saturday was completely abnormal.
Following his uneventful unanimous decision victory, Silva claimed Maia had called him out on something related to his Brazilian jiu jitsu skills and that’s what prompted him to put on his “embarrassing” circus act during the UFC’s Middle East debut.
“I came here well-trained, but Demian disrespected me,” Silva stated at the UFC 112 post-fight press conference. “I’m a black belt, and I’ve never stepped into the ring and disrespected anyone verbally before the fight and said things like that.”
Silva has not specified what Maia may have said that triggered him, however “The Spider” appears to be teetering on his level of regret.
During his post-fight Octagon interview, Silva expressed great remorse over his shenanigans, however started back-peddling at the press conference just moments later by claiming, “I don’t feel like I owe anyone an apology.”
It appears the champ may actually have regretted his actions, as he repented to the man he taunted for 25 ridiculous minutes, perhaps the guy that was the most deserving of an apology.
“He begged my forgiveness and I feel everyone makes mistakes, that’s normal,” Maia stated. “I feel something influenced him afterwords and he came up with that statement about me having disrespected him. I never made any strong statements and, even if I had, it would have been to promote the fight, which is normal.
“The fight ends and the two fighters [should] embrace.”
Yesterday, UFC president Dana White appeared as a guest on ESPN’s Jim Rome is Burning and issued a stern warning to the planet’s baddest 185-pounder.
“If he ever acts like that again in the ring I will cut him,” White emphatically stated. “I don’t care if he’s the pound-four-pound best fighter in the world. I don’t care if he’s the middleweight champion. I will cut him, absolutely.”