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Old 04-12-2010, 10:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The intent behind Silva's "message"

During the UFC 122 post-fight conference, silva said Maia had "disrespected" him. When asked "how so?" by a reporter, he didn't go into details, but simply said he wanted to "send a message" to Maia. The first two rounds were jaw-dropping, but the later rounds were comedic at best.

The following is all speculation. I don't know how Maia disrespected him, but I'm speculating that it may have been about Silva's BJJ skills. Perhaps Maia said Silva is not a true BJJ blackbelt -- I don't know. But the more important question was why did Silva simply coast during the latter half of the fight. Pehaps the message that intended to be delivered was that "you can't touch me." Perhaps silva wanted to bust him up, and avoid any more possibility for Maia to even land one punch (Maia inevitably landed some punches, I know -- but that's besides the point). Silva may wanted to hurt him first, and then frustrate Maia by not even giving Maia an oppurtunity of winning.

Now, I tend to dislike assholes and unecessary taunting. But for some reason, I never laughed as hard as I did watching that fight. Whether he was pretending he was getting hurt, or dancing, or playing air guitar, for some reason I found it funny, which is unlike me.
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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it looked like he was doing what they do to him, he was running away like most BJJ guys he faces do. Leites did the same and Maia did the same for the first 3 rounds. No one will ever know what his true intentions were or what caused that anger we rarely see from Silva. It will all just be speculation.

He was showing them what a bitch they are and how annoying it is to fight someone who just backs away non stop. At one point silva was planted in the middle of the ring and didnt move for about 30 seconds, Maia did nothing... THROW A LEG KICK!

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it looked like he was doing what they do to him, he was running away like most BJJ guys he faces do. Leites did the same and Maia did the same for the first 3 rounds. No one will ever know what his true intentions were or what caused that anger we rarely see from Silva. It will all just be speculation.

He was showing them what a bitch they are and how annoying it is to fight someone who just backs away non stop. At one point silva was planted in the middle of the ring and didnt move for about 30 seconds, Maia did nothing... THROW A LEG KICK!

this is how i remember it
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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lol, did Dan push him?
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that was hilarious. he just kinda wobbles around like a goof. it didn't even bother him that the ref shoves him, he half expected it. dan even kind of laughs at him.
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Haha, I loved when Silva ran behind Dan. Dan was even laughing there lol.
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Anderson was funny as hell for the first three rounds. But when they got into the championship rounds, it started to get boring. And on the count of Maia, even though he was so damn outclassed it was sad, and even though he was probably blind on his left side for the last few rounds, he still threw like a madman. Balls of titanium award goes to Demian Maia!
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Alright, I didn't watch this fight, but looking at that gif...I am so tired of seeing JJ guys laying on their backs waiting for someone to fall into their gaurd.

I think I recall seeing Travis Lutter fake being hit in the face so that he could lay down on his back a bit more. At this point I can see why Silva would be frustrated having to fight pure JJ or BJJ guys.

There was clearly some clowing around going on here. Maia gets up, and Silva just runs away and hides behind the ref, as if Maia is actually going to hurt him somehow.

I can understand Silva's frustration, and I can understand fans' frustration. I don't know what the solution is, but I would not put Silva against JJ fighters for the time being.
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I would find the idea of punishing Maia a lot more credible if he had done it the whole five rounds. If Silva busted Maia up for all five rounds the way he did the first two, but deliberatly held off finishing him just to humiliate and hurt him, frankly I would have liked that better than his clowning around.

But he didn't do that, he barely touched Maia in the last two rounds, even when Maia was half-blind and swinging wildly, if he really hated Maia so much, why let him off the hook in the last two rounds?

I think it was just a strange combination of caution, ass clowning and fatigue that slowed Anderson down in the second half more than his desire to show up Maia, otherwise, why stop hammering him in the last two rounds?
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