I'm gonna give this a go.
Yes, you are correct. He did hold to his pants denying a takedown and followed by a few punches, but what exactly are you trying to prove? Man at the end of the day, hell even Chael has said it, they are in a fight. The shots thrown by Anderson while holding his shorts were not even 50% power. Honestly I think he did it to get in his head. Chael openly admitted he would have grabbed his shorts if he had thought of it.
All i'm saying is, people need to stop pointing out little things and dwelling on them. They are fighters. I can guarantee you that fight would have went exactly the same direction without Anderson pulling his shorts. He still would have thrown a backfist and got kneed and folded.
I love Andy, like Chael cause he is funny but your argueing with yourself almost. If you are a true Anderson fan you would know that he would have won that fight without any of the minor technicalities.
I'm not here to prove or change anything. In my opinion, if he didn't hold the shorts, he would have been pressed against the cage longer and might have been taken down again, but that's all maybe's and what if's. It just makes me mad that it happened in a championship fight that I've been looking forward to all year.
Still an Anderson Silva fan, but he lost damn near all of my respect doing that.
In sparring I've grabbed shorts on accident, gives you a HUGE freakin advantage, more than I thought it would. Chael looked like he broke after it as well, and the fight ended.
I'm just salty, I would have had no problem if Anderson won any other way, but cheating in a championship fight because you lost the first round in a horrible way is just... sad