The enigma that is Anderson Silva continued as UFC 97 came to its conclusion. The UFC’s middleweight champion put on his second consecutive underwhelming Octagon performance against Thales Leites on Saturday evening.
“It’s unfortunate,” Silva said. “Sometimes things don’t work out like the public likes it to. Sometimes when you’re not in here, it’s hard to tell what’s going on, but basically [I’m] sorry. Next time, I’ll give a better performance.”
For the first time in his UFC career, Silva was extended the distance. His counter-punching style didn’t equate to an exciting fight against the Brazilian jiu-jitsu wizard. The few times that Silva tired to engage, Leites would drop to his back and try to pull guard.
The fans inside of the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada grew restless with the level of inactivity as they rained down boos throughout the 25-minute title bout.
The scrap may have been uneventful, but Silva will be taking the gold back to Brazil with him. And like it or not, that’s all that matters.