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Old 04-12-2010, 06:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Silva could just be tired of the monopoly?

Here is my take on this situation. It is not news to anyone that Silva feels his career is winding down and plans on leaving UFC once contractual obligations are done. He has 11 consecutive wins inside the octagon and has been talking about challenging himself outside of the octagon.

One of his idols is RJJ and though RJJ is completely shot as a boxer and past even the twilight years; he wanted to see how he would stack against a "B" level boxer. I think he is seeking some outside challenge and also get a huge payday for his athletic ability.

The truth is that the UFC is a very monopolizing organization. I think it is great for the fans of the sport, even BETTER for the top brass of the sport and terrible for the fighters. Getting 3.5 million at the gate, hundreds of thousands of PPV buys, TV shows, and they pay fighters anywhere from 10-500k a fight.

I would imagine that it would be very hard for a very very dominant and elite level MMA fighter not want a piece of that "top brass cake." It would be hard to watch the elite level of boxing (A. Silva is the Pac Man or Mayweather of boxing get 10-20 million a fight.

DW is a greedy SOB. He KNOWS what he is doing. He comes across as a hothead take no prisons SOB that is "all about the fans." But he isn't. He is hypocritical with many statements that get called out by MMA fans here. "I'll never let Kimbo fight" "Kimbo is signed." "I'm not doing freakshow fights" "Toney isn't a freakshow because he is an elite level boxer." He puts on Kimbo because he was a HUGE internet sensation and every pre-pubescent fan that has never stepped foot in the ring thought he was the toughest guy around. Any fighter knew he was garbage. Just because a guy gets humble and hungry in loss doesn't mean you let him co-main UFC events. I would rather the UFC spent their time and money on signing talented MMA artists that have actual records and years of experience than Kimbo's and James Toney's.

Dana White just gives the CASUAL fans what they want (less time to work ground game, more stand up matches, etc). The hardcore fans love watching elite level groundgames, BJJ Vs BJJ, less forced stand ups from the refs, etc. But if Dana were to appease the hardcore fans, their revenues would drop from less PPV and ticket sales. This would give the top brass less money.

At the end of the day, these fighters deserve much more than their making. 30 years ago, professional athletes made peanuts to what their contemporaries are making (inflation issues aside) and I think Anderson Silva wants a piece of the pie before his twilight years come and go. He KNOWS that MMA fighters will be making millions per fight and multi-millions on endorsements much greater than today and he KNOWS that the UFC could pay much more if they weren't as capitalist and greedy.

I dunno...that is my theory on his antics. He looked like he purposely was bored, and frustrated. Not with his opponent but with the UFC. He displaced his anger and excuse on his opponent because he isn't going to completely bite the hand that feeds him....imo.
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sure dana is a hypocrit but thats part of being a business man in a sport trying to rise. I dont know if you actually knew.. Silva has another 7 fights left on his conract or something like that because he signed a new contract 6months ago or so.

Silva is just tired of facing guys who wont fight him. Maia was running around the cage for the first 3 rounds and suddenly Silva stops fighting him and Maia turns it on a bit.

Also, top fighters make a lot of money, not anywhere near boxing level but still high. Lesnar made around 6 million for his UFC 100 performance but thats all based on PPV buys. I remember Silva complaining that he is put on cards without other draws but himself and he has had lower PPV numbers.
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He looked like he purposely was bored, and frustrated. Not with his opponent but with the UFC.
That´s what i think.

Everybody seems to find easy to call him stupid, crazy or whatever, but i think that there´s mutch in it that it isn´t public and that would be the reason that andy is behaving like that.

Perhaps he´s giving UFC, what UFC (not the fans) is deserving right now.
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if he was tired of the ufc he wouldn't have singned a new contract because he on only had like two more fights on it and was talking about retiring after this month

he's just looking for that highlight reel stuff if forrest didn't engage he would have been doing the same thing but he got what he wanted from forrest and wants more shit like that watch the leites countdown he talks about it
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i find it funny how everybody is on silva,

he wanted to engage for 4 rounds, maia ran away if u cant take silvia down , why dont u just start fighting?

he just got pissed after 20 min of chasing after a guy

now when he secured the victory, maia grows balls and goes all out in the 5th round.

Man, **** that.

I am behind silva on this one
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i find it funny how everybody is on silva,

he wanted to engage for 4 rounds, maia ran away if u cant take silvia down , why dont u just start fighting?

he just got pissed after 20 min of chasing after a guy

now when he secured the victory, maia grows balls and goes all out in the 5th round.

Man, **** that.

I am behind silva on this one



maia spent most of the time in the middle of the octagon and
if maia didn't engage than silva should have he is the striker after all

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maia spent most of the time in the middle of the octagon and
if maia didn't engage than silva should have he is the striker after all
what? that gif proves absolutely nothing..infact it just shows how Maia was hoping Silva would follow. Silva did good for the first 3 rounds and then went on cruise control, just look at Maia's face in the post fight interviews and say Silva didnt engage throughout the first 3.
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what? that gif proves absolutely nothing..infact it just shows how Maia was hoping Silva would follow. Silva did good for the first 3 rounds and then went on cruise control, just look at Maia's face in the post fight interviews and say Silva didnt engage throughout the first 3.
so he should have finished it instead of complaining about maia not engaging and you didn't see maia crying about silva not playing the bjj game
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That´s what i think.

Everybody seems to find easy to call him stupid, crazy or whatever, but i think that there´s mutch in it that it isn´t public and that would be the reason that andy is behaving like that.

Perhaps he´s giving UFC, what UFC (not the fans) is deserving right now.
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so he should have finished it instead of complaining about maia not engaging and you didn't see maia crying about silva not playing the bjj game
I think that is just a part of his strategy.
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