Fans were getting restless for much of the first three minutes of Anderson Silva's fight last night against Vitor Belfort in UFC 126.
The combatants pranced around the ring for an extended feeling-out period and many in the crowd began to boo. UFC president Dana White was surely squirming in his ringside seat as he watched the opening minutes of the match.
After all, Silva has a reputation of disrespecting the sport by sprinkling bizarre performances in between his brilliant fights. At UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, Silva angered many with an uninspired showing against Demain Maia.
Even though Silva earned a unanimous decision win, Dana White said that he was embarrassed by his performance that evening and threatened to cut the fighter from the UFC roster if he acted in that fashion ever again.
As the talented Brazilian circled around Belfort last night, it was shaping up to be another bewildering fight that would draw heat from UFC customers that plunked down $54.95 to purchase the Pay-Per-View.
The boos instantaneously turned to ooohs and aaaahs when Silva landed a straight kick that landed square on Belfort's chin at 3:25 of the first-round. The knockout was one for the ages and sure to be replayed constantly on highlight-reels for years to come.
Since 2006, Silva has basically wiped out the entire middleweight division. He holds 13 wins in the UFC and a 28-4-0 record overall.
The win over Belfort has fans salivating over a potential dream-match with Georges "Rush" St. Pierre in what would be the biggest fight in UFC history.