Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor
You don't have to watch every last Facebook fight of every single Fuel TV card to know that MMA is a hard and gritty sport. The very essence of fighting demonstrates that fact with ease.
But for some, those intrigued by the spectacle more than the sport, the UFC can sometimes seem like a movie or an extension of the WWE.
Set aside that MMA is in fact real, actual combat, and look at Anderson Silva's recent activity.
He's walked through competition, winning easily and put together a highlight reel that would provide good footage for a Hollywood blockbuster.
He's embarrassed opponents like Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin.
He's tussled twice with a guy who spends more time in WWE character than as himself in Chael Sonnen.
And through all of it, Silva has cultivated an aura of invincibility that no small number of fight fans have bought into.
At UFC 162 the show stopped. Silva clowned around—as he has done many times before—only to get caught, dropped and finished.
When you play a game like that for so long, eventually it catches up to you. Because MMA is a sport, not a show.
In the WWE, in a movie, Silva gets away with what he did against Weidman. In real life, he gets socked in the face and knocked unconscious, loses his title and suffers severe damage to his image.