wandy rushed things because the first punch he threw already broke Leben's nose limba.
He went in for the kill ad got killed. You cannot rush things like that against a fresh Leben.
If he fights a more patient fight like he did against Michael Bisping.. then he outpoints Leben by a large margin just like he did against Bisping who beat Leben decisivly.
That's the thing.
Silva can't fight that fight. He just can't.
Silva can't follow a game plan, he can't fight smart. His brain (already in agony after so many hard knockout losses) doesn't function like that.
Silva is the type of fighter that will fight where/how the fight takes place:
- against Bisping he fought like Bisping
- against Leben he fought like Leben
- against Lidell he fought like Lidell
- against Franklin he fought like Franklin
He hurt Leben in that fight. Agreed. But he didn't hurt him in the manner that justified for him to become that wreckless and going all out. That was his instinct though.
But that's what Silva is: an "instinct fighter".
He needs to realise that he can't do this anymore or he'll get really f*cked up for the years to come.
Either adapt your style, fight smarter - especially against guys like Leben, who can knock you out cold - or retire.
It's just a sad image seeing one of the most important and dominant MMA fighters of all time, faceplant like that and trying to grapple the refferree.
Every loser is a winner, when hindsight is thrown into the mix.
"If only he had [insert bollocks], he would have won convincingly"
Problem with Silva is his recent record.
2-6 with 4 brutal knockout losses.
Like i've said: it's just sad to see him like that.
Chuck Liddell story all over again.