The Spiders Saga Continues: Anderson Silva and His 7th Title Defense

Michael EastContributor IApril 8, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 08:  Anderson Silva celebrates after defeating 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)
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With Anderson Silva 48 hours away from his SEVENTH title defense, one can only wonder if this will be another showcase of leg kicks and booing from the crowd, or the long awaited challenge. This time last year, Silva was matched with Thlaes Leites for what was promoted as the toughest fight of the Spiders career. Soon into the second round, fans and Dana White alike soon learned that the much hyped fight actually turned out to be a boring staring contest between the two. Anderson spent his time waiting for Lietes to bang, and Lietes lying on his back waiting for Anderson to jump into his guard.

Demain Maia has been very vocal and forthcoming in his game plan heading into the Saturday night Main Event in Abu Dhabi.

“It is no secret that I will try and use my jiu-jitsu to win the fight. I always try and use my jiu-jitsu to win fights. That’s my favorite method of securing victory,” said Maia. “This fight with Anderson is no different. He is the best fighter in the world, but that doesn’t change my mindset or game plan going into the fight. I will still look to take him down and submit him.”

After the Silva vs Lietes fiasco last year, one must wonder why the UFC has made the decision to pair this fight up at all.“I can honestly tell you that I’ve never put on an event that I was embarrassed to be at until tonight,” White said. “I want to publicly apologize to all the fans”, said White of the 2009 disaster.

While fight fans from all walks of life prepare to engage in UFC 112, I hope they don’t walk away shaking their heads…..again