I've been saying this for years.. The hate towards the Leites and Maia fights should be directed at Leites and Maia, neither wanted anything to do with Anderson standing. They both fuucked around for 25 minutes without ever really trying to win the fight.. they'd get tagged and then try and goad him into their guards, yeah, nice.. Anderson isn't Fedor, he's not just gonna follow world champion jitsu players to the mat and jump into triangles. Anderson's stance in those fights was clear: "You want my title? Come and take it from me", but neither of them ever believed they were going to win once the octagon gates were closed.
Silva had a big night against Maia because he got gassed out. His condidtioning wasn't up to par. He wanted to be exciting in every fight, and then when he faught Maia he was like "I'm toeing the line, come get me". Then he got gassed and couldnt do shit in the last two, and Maia dropped his brains and started fighting off balls.
Silva isn't the Diaz brothers. When he trash talks, is so you will walk into a punch. When he wants to 'excite the fans', he wants to have a nice looking knockout, not have a war in which you exchange crazy shots. The Diaz bros trash talk because they want to punch you in the face, and maybe if they call you a ***** then you will punch them in the face, and their whole strategy is that "I can take a punch in the face, as long as it means I get to punch him back". Silva's strategy is "They can try and punch me in the face, but I dont like that, so I'll dodge it and try and have a crazy knockout".
What Silva would have loved would be the Belfort knockout on Maia. That way, he keeps the amazing KO, and gets the amazing fight with a striker that engages him that he is dying for. He gets Leites, who just rolls on the floor. Griffin, who had a gameplay and when Anderson said "Lets just punch", Griffin raised his hands like "I want to but I cant". Then he got Maia, who was basically Leites again, then he got Sonnen, who landed some punches but were light enough ones that were intended to lead up a takedown (they werent even supposed to land, but Silva was so off they did damage). FINALLY, after 4 fights that just werent great for him, he gets Belfort. A come forward hard hitting striker. What happens? No fight, kicked and KOed. The only fight he got was Okami, after 5 bad ones.