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I would just like to say that I am a GSP fan before Silva/Penn just incase anyone thinks I am a fanboy of Silva.

foremost, We know nothing about what went on that got Silva so heated, it was obviously something Maia said about his ground game and nobody knows anything what was said. He can dance around all he wants as long as he finishes the fights. What did Ali do? He is recognized as the one of the best ever in boxing history and yet did this same thing every fight. Did he win everyone of those fights by devastating KO? nope

Who knows how the humidity actually effected Silva, He has never gassed in every previous fight and you can say it was the dancing and blah blah blah, but it wasnt... I dont want to make excuses for fighters because I hate it when they do(Tito), but that long break and fighting outdoors obviously didnt help his cardio.

You guys are so quick to blame certain fighters its almost ridiculous. What did Maia do in the first 2-3 rounds? NOTHING except trying to suicide bomb for Silva's legs, Sure he turned it up only after Silva gassed. You guys are no better then the fans who boo at fight where theres a big technical match and expect a brawl. Do you honestly expect GSP/Penn/Silva to come out and be amazing every single PPV?

First everyone was down GSPs throat for not finishing fighters who are tough fighters and now its Silva for a lackluster performance. Why are you guys actually bashing him?? is it because he danced around and taunted Maia? or is it because he gassed out? I can almost guarantee you that if actually finished the fight everyone would be praising him for his legendary hands or whatever. I am sure he didnt expect to gas out so early.

just my 2cents because recently there has been so much hate against fighters on these forums. I can understand Dana being mad because it is his company and it was their first viewing in the middle east. As a MMA fan though..was I disappointed with Silva? of course I was but I am not going to go and bash him like (almost) every other guy on this site. Until you fight and until you get a injury and have to work back from it, I dont think you should ever complain to the level that I am seeing on these forums.
 

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As a huge Anderson Silva fan, I loved the first 2 and a half rounds. His display of speed, reflex, accuracy, and, yes, his showboating impressed the hell out of me. He showed that he could, at any time if he wanted to, end Maia's night. He chose to play and display how good he is. Personally, I loved that because it was so impressive, and because he really is that much better than his competition.

After that, however, Silva seemed to turn it off. Why I don't know. I don't buy that he was gassed. Looking at his breathing, I simply don't buy it. He refused to fight at about the mid-point in the fight, opting instead to back off and circle. I don't know if this was to mock Maia, and many other fighters who do that to him --and make a point of how frustrating it is-- but it was BS nonetheless.

If it's that he needs better competition, I can understand his thinking, but I cannot excuse his actions. He should have made a point in finishing Maia in devastating fashion, then demanded better competition. That would have been the right way to go about it; not backing off and circling for the last 2 rounds +.

I'm still a huge Silva fan, but I can't defend his actions in the second half of the fight last night. It's a shame that the UFC's successful debut in a beautiful new stadium in Abu Dhabi is being overshadowed by this; a mess of Anderson Silva's making.

Dana and the UFC are in a tough position now, but I'm confident Dana will do something to get the arguable P4P best fighter in the world going again. That's good news for everyone, save for his opponent, of course.
 

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People just want to see spectacular fights all the time especially in the main events. The stakes are high these days! Like in "Gladiator" the fans are what makes the machine move.

Win the crowd...
 

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I really don't know, how you can entertain the crowd more then Anderson Silva did last night in the first 3 rounds. I don't think you can!
 

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People just want to see spectacular fights all the time especially in the main events. The stakes are high these days! Like in "Gladiator" the fans are what makes the machine move.

Win the crowd...
Except Silva only wants to 'entertain' if he deems his opposition worthy. And, he's also not seeking revenge for being a father to a murdered son and husband to a murdered wife. Though he may be trying to accomplish a dream which is Rome, from the dictatorship of a tyrant emperor, and by "Rome", I'm referring to MMA and by "a tyrant emperor", I'm referring to Dana.
 

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Dana can yell at Silva all he wants but he needs to realize that you cant put people in the cage who dont deserve to be there. Look at his past opponents, when Silva stopped fighting in the past it has been against fighters who didnt deserve to be in there.

What did Maia do to deserve it? He got KTFO by Marqardt and beat Dan Miller who isnt even in the top 10 I dont think. I know that Belfort got injured and Sonnen was too banged up to take the fight, but at least give him a LHW opponent who will challenge him and not toss him someone like Maia just so he can defend the title.
 

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I really don't know, how you can entertain the crowd more then Anderson Silva did last night in the first 3 rounds. I don't think you can!
Honestly, I would have prefered a KO in the first 30 seconds. And no, I'm not the casual KO-fan. I just enjoy fighters going at it, trying to finish the other guy. I did not enjoy his showboating one bit, and I never have. I can see how people would be impressed by what he pulls off, but in my eyes he makes a mockery of the sport by doing it way, way to much.
 

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You really prefer a quick KO?? Don't you enjoy to see the best in the world at least a little longer? What brings you a Nate KO?? The most boring thing, is a quick KO!

Anderson wanted to put on a show that night, wich he did in the first 3 rounds like nobody else can do. I don't wanna damp his muted towards Maia (I felt bad for Demian), but he did entertain me even more then in the Forrest Griffin fight, cause it was three times as long.

He doesn't mockery the sport with doing that kinda stuff.. he demonstrated how far you can go as a Mixed Martial Artist. And how unbelievable far ahead he is in the world of MMA.
 

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you say maia did nothing in the first rounds except dive in for take downs...um yeah maia has no stand up ..at all, his fight is the ground game only. maia's punches at the end were not maia's skills on his feet it was just his heart taking over. Anderson is the striker he is the one we expect to throw punches and kicks on the feet.

it would be stupid for maia to throw strikes against even low level strikers let alone one of thee best strikers in the game, him throwing strikes against andy would be a guy like kongo (if he was maia's size) trying to do a submission/grappling match
 

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i didn't really mind the showboating part...i mean it was pretty dumb looking but whatever. it was the thrash talking and taunting in the middle of the second round. everyone knew anderson was the FAR superior striker, but that doesn't excuse the taunting. lets see him jump in maia's gaurd and taunt him. no, you would never see that. and then when maia did "bring it" anderson wanted nothing to do with it. maia showed alot of heart esp. in the 4th round when he was on his knees swinging for the fences.
 
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