Anderson Silva is a dominant fighter. In fact, he may be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
However, after his performance against Demian Maia at UFC 112, he should face serious repercussions for his disgusting actions during his fight. Silva disgraced not only himself, but also the sport he claims to be so proud to be a part of.
No other traits have more importance in the sport than honor and respect. Silva showed neither in his fight.
Some fans criticized Georges St. Pierre for his inability to end his fight against Dan Hardy, but GSP didn't mock his opponent or the sport in the way Silva did against Maia.
Continually in the first three rounds Silva clowned Maia and tried to get him engaged in the fight. It was plain to even the most novice fan that "The Spider" was the far superior fighter in every aspect.
In such a case, there should be no hesitation by Silva to do what he is capable of: ending the fight at any moment from any variety of ways. Instead, he continued to mock his opponent as if to make a statement to Dana White and the rest of the UFC, asking for real competition.
Silva needs to be willing to step up and fight legitimate competition in his eyes. Did anyone actually give Forrest Griffin, Thales Leites, Patrick Cote, or James Irvin a realistic chance against the current Middleweight champion?
At least Silva took the step-up to Light Heavyweight seriously and ended those fights the way he's capable of. Leites fought him to a decision, as Cote would have as well if he hadn't injured his knee in the third round of their bout.
Dan Henderson was a viable threat to Silva and his title, but he got caught in a choke in the second round of their fight. Silva was motivated and focused for the fight; it may have been the version we have seen of him to this point.
It's also a bit curious that Henderson was never granted a second title shot despite the fact that he showed himself to be more of a threat against Silva than anyone else has in the Brazilian's four-year UFC career.
Joe Rogan commented several times during the fight how Silva reminded him of Muhammad Ali.
Don't believe that comparison for one minute. Silva, in no way, is in the same class as Ali.
Ali would indeed talk as much trash, if not more, than Silva. The difference between the two is that Ali would never disrespect his opponent, or his sport, enough to stop fighting for multiple rounds like Silva did.
Ali would "call his shot" and name the round in which he would finish his opponent and do it. Silva seems content to show his superiority in glimpses and then wait out the remainder of the fight to win a decision.
Silva barely showed any sort of offense in the final two rounds against Maia. Most observers actually scored the fight in Maia's favor in the fourth and fifth rounds.
Referee Dan Miragliotta actually warned Silva in the fifth round for refusing to engage, and he threatened to deduct a point if Silva didn't start fighting. Had that happened, the fight would have ended in a draw.
How would the great Silva felt about disappointing his fans if that had taken place? Dana White, the UFC, and the rest of the MMA world would have literally been turned upside-down if that took place.
Silva said prior to the fight that if he won, he would drop down and face Georges St. Pierre in a Welterweight fight. This fight shouldn't take place; not because Silva couldn't beat or even dominate GSP, but because he shouldn't be rewarded for the disrespect he showed Saturday night in Abu Dhabi.
Hopefully, Dana White feels the same way. White should instead set the bar higher and heavier for Silva if he truly wants to challenge him.
Silva made public his feelings of possibly competing in four different weight classes. It's time for him to show if he can compete with the Heavyweights in the UFC. There would be few fights and fighters that would challenge Silva the way that Frank Mir could.
Mir has plenty to prove himself after being destroyed by Shane Carwin. A fight against Silva would give him the chance to beat the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, while giving Silva the challenge he apparently doesn't have in either the Middleweight or Light Heavyweight divisions.
After lackluster performances by Lyoto Machida, Georges St. Pierre, and BJ Penn, the sport needed Silva to come out and dominate his fight like everyone knows he's capable of doing.
No one, myself included, is denying the pure skill and greatness that Silva possesses inside the Octagon. Physically he has everything needed to be known as the greatest mixed-martial artist of all-time.
Until he can respect the sport and honor his skills the way he should, he can never attain that goal. The sport needs Silva to do what we all know he's capable of: win every one of his fights in spectacular fashion in the first round.
Anderson Silva is a once-in-a-lifetime athlete. It's too bad all his talent is being wasted on someone with the maturity of a spoiled teenager acting out when given a task they find beneath themselves.
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