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Old 04-13-2010, 04:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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UFC Contract "Champion's clause"- Silva's antics possible explanation

Here's an interesting article I found on a possible rational explanation for Silva's antics

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After Fighters.com and UFC middleweight champion “Spider” Anderson Silva’s (25-4) strange performance in a five-round unanimous decision over Demian Maia (11-2) at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi Saturday, UFC President Dana White was clear with his disgust at the Brazilian he’s promoted as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do to him right now,” White told the post-fight press conference. “I don’t know. I honestly don’t know what to say. I’m so blown away and disgusted and saddened.”

But, Fighters.com thinks both White and Silva are being coy about the origin of Silva’s antics when defending his 185-pound title. There’s a quiet war going on between White and Silva behind the scenes and it’s all about Silva boxing legendary boxer Roy Jones, Jr.

Recall that after Silva beat former PRIDE middleweight champion and third-ranked “Hollywood” Dan Henderson (25-7), Silva began to publicly talk about purusing his dream of boxing Jones. White, though, assured Silva and the public that he would kaybash any matchup between Silva and Jones under Marquess of Queensberry rules.

Starting with his next title defense versus “Predator” Patrick Cote (13-5) at UFC 90 in Chicago in October 2008 and through his defenses versus Thales Leites (16-3) at UFC 97 in Montreal in April 2009 and Maia Saturday, Silva’s title defenses have been full of antics and disappointment. After each, Silva has apologized and promised MMA fans a better performance next time, as he did Saturday.

Fighters.com suspects Silva is intentionally sabotaging his UFC title defenses and White knows it. That’s why White couldn’t sit through the entire main event in Abu Dhabi.

But, what about Silva’s devastating first-round knockouts in light heavyweight matchups versus “Sandman” James Irvin (14-6) and Fighters.com fifth-ranked light heavyweight Forrest Griffin (17-6)? Exactly! Those are the exceptions that convince Fighters.com that Silva’s performances at middleweight are intentional.

Fighters.com has previously reported that Silva’s UFC contract is written such that if Silva retires as a UFC champion, he’s essentially perpetually bound to the UFC if he ever wants to fight again in any combat sport. So, even if Silva retired as UFC champion, White can veto a Silva-Jones boxing matchup. And, Silva can’t voluntarily vacate his title under his contract, nor can he practically throw a fight without ruining his reputation and any potential Silva-Jones boxing match. Silva has to legitimately lose at middleweight before he could retire and box Jones, but a loss would also kaybash the Silva-Jones matchup. Catch-22!

Fighters.com thinks Silva’s antics in his last three title defenses is Silva’s plea to White to let him vacate the 185-pound title so he can retire and box Jones.

Fighters.com can’t read Silva’s mind, of course. But, the facts reported here have been verified by sources. With those, Fighters.com is just putting two and two together.
http://www.fighters.com/04/11/are-uf...ics-on-purpose

What do you guys think? Makes sense he would do this kinda thing to get out of a ball and chain contract like that? I heard rumors of this kind of clause scaring off Fedor too. But it all seems rumors so far.
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Old 04-13-2010, 04:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That is a stupid ass theory. Forrest and Irvin came to fight and attacked him the other three didn't.
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Interesting theory! I don't know though, didn't he just sign another contract with the UFC?
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You know, Fedor and M-1 have long complained about the "champion's clause" in UFC contracts, and they described the clause exactly as it's described here in this article, so there is a good chance this clause actually exists.

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Interesting theory! I don't know though, didn't he just sign another contract with the UFC?
Ya the fact that he signed another contract really blows holes in this theory.
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That is a stupid ass theory. Forrest and Irvin came to fight and attacked him the other three didn't.
Forrest had the stupidest game plan ever. He can't strike, but he decided to try his striking aginst the best striker in MMA. That's genius.
And Irvin is outside TOP 20 in the UFC. Irelevant.


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Interesting theory! I don't know though, didn't he just sign another contract with the UFC?
You're right. this prety much kills fighters.com's theory.
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Ya the fact that he signed another contract really blows holes in this theory.
He could be building up his reputation, so when he does lose, he is guaranteed his boxing match.

Or.

White could have probably planned to have Silva fight at different weight divisions for his final fights, THUS leaving him champion after his contract expired.

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this theory is probably the best one i've heard so far.

only silva himself truely knows why he's putting these performances on. if he really wanted to vacate the title though he could just move up to LHW permanently. i realise machida would stop him from winning the belt, but if that title clause is true he won't want to be champion anyway. he should just move to LHW and finish his career with great performances against fighters who could actually pose a challange.
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he should just move to LHW and finish his career with great performances against fighters who could actually pose a challange.
The thing is, I don't really see who could actually be a challenge for Silva with the exception of Shogun. Even the HW fights are all pretty predictable. So I would actually like that he continues to fight at MW with title defenses against Sonnen, Vitor maybe Okami or Akyiama in the future.. maybe even a Cote rematch someday.
But the best and even matchup from all would be GSP a weight class down. Or when GSP moves up of course!
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