Anderson Silva not the Only One to Blame

Tony PrestonCorrespondent IApril 11, 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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After the debacle that was the middleweight title fight many fans are blaming Anderson Silva for his antics and lack of sportsmanship. UFC president Dana White was very vocal after the event in his criticism of Silva, but he neglected to blame the other people responsible for what happened, himself and Joe Silva.

Yes Anderson Silva was the one in the cage but White and Joe Silva were the ones that decided to have Silva face Damien Maia. When Vitor Belfort was forced to withdraw from UFC 112 many fans thought the bout would just be postponed.

The UFC then announced that Anderson Silva would still be fighting at UFC 112 there were talks about possible opponents Chael Sonnen was mentioned though many would rather wait for him to be able to get a full camp in and most of the opponents mentioned were light heavyweights and even a few heavyweights.

Soon word got out that Anderson Silva would be defending his middleweight title and most assumed that Sonnen would be healthy in time for the fight. everyone soon learned though that it would not be Sonnen but Maia who would get the title shot. This decision did not sit well with many fans and there was much talk of the Thales Leities fight with Anderson Silva.

At UFC 112 we saw the unwillingness to try and finish and the clowning and the thigh punches from Anderson Silva. Dana White even left after the fourth round because he was so disgusted.

White forgot however that this is partially his fault Anderson Silva had done this twice before if he does not feel that he is being challenged he won't try to finish the fight. He will just go out there and do enough to win while spending most of his time goofing off. White and Joe Silva should have thought of that before matching Maia with Silva. I understand that they felt the middleweight title needed to be defended since it had been almost a year.

The question now is would it have been better to wait for a fight with Belfort or to have Anderson Silva face a light heavyweight or even a heavyweight and let the title go undefended for over a year than have Anderson Silva go out there and turn the fight into a joke and cause so many people to overlook the fact that Frankie Edgar took the lightweight title from BJ Penn.