Critics Shut Your Mouths, The Spider's Web Is Still Intact

Jay BanduCorrespondent IAugust 9, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 08:  Anderson Silva (R) throws a right punch to Forrest Griffin during their light heavyweight bout at UFC 101: Declaration at the Wachovia Center on August 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

Anderson Silva is the best fighter in the world.  He has finished eight opponents in the Octagon as well as win 9 straight fights in the Octagon.  That is something that no one else has ever been able to do.  Despite these accomplishments, people have been doubting his motivation and saying that he was overrated.   They are basing this mostly on his previous fight with Thales Leites.  

No that was not the most exciting fight in the world.  But coming from someone who has watched the UFC from the very beginning he did his job well that night.  The point of the matter is that if you are a contender that is fighting someone like Silva,  you better be there to rip the title from his hands.  The champion proved himself against his last 8 opponents.  You are no body and you have to bring the fight to the champ.  If someone does not do that then is it the champion's fault?  No it is not.

Forrest Griffin did not fight the light heavyweight champion but he did fight the Pound for Pound champion of MMA.  Like a true contender he came out and brought the fight to the champ.  Anderson did what he does best and knocked Forrest out.  Not only did he knock him out he demoralized him and made him quit.  All in the first round.  The shots that he hit Forrest with were jabs not power shots.  Forrest also realized that his kicks were not effective when Silva caught one and almost knocked him senseless.  He also saw that Silva was moving backwards and his hands were down at his hips.  

At the end of the fight Silva caught Forrest with a jab to the nose and Forrest fell down and waved Anderson off himself.  The referee was not going to stop the fight because Forrest was still lucid enough to continue fighting.  Forrest gave up.  The fighter with the biggest heart in the UFC wanted no more to do with the best fighter in the world.  The fight could have lasted a lot longer and gave us a better show.  Is that Anderson's fault too?  I think not.