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

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-ufc-champ-anderson-silvas-title-defense-antics-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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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.

I am with Fedor now. F#ck Dana F#ckin' White!
 

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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.


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.

o_O
 

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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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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!
but if this report holds true, that means all his defenses will be exactly like maia/leites/cote and as great a dancer silva is i'd much rather see him fight. :thumb02:


LHW does have some great fight's for Silva. he may be the favorite against them all but the fights are definitely more interesting than whatevers left at MW.

Shogun - Outside of machida shogun's striking style would pose the biggest problems to silva. it'd be a technical showcase. i'd favor silva in the standup but shogun is very unpredictable with takedowns.

Rampage - while rampage isn't very versatile and is exceptionally vulnerable to kicks he does have great timing and KO power. even when rampage is hurt he's still dangerous. rampage hasn't used his wrestling much lately but it'd be very effective against silva. if silva tried any sub attempts page would just power out.

Rashad - forget about the machida loss, rashad is going to fight smart from now on. he executed the perfect gameplan to beat thiago and could very well do the same against anderson. i'd at least give rashad the first round, then he'd tire and silva would get the tko.

Jones/Bader/Davis - these are the 3 prospects to look out for at LHW Jones seems to be more complete than the other 2 right now, but within a year one of these men could be an interesting match for anderson.
 

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Shogun is a great fight, even though I don't see it happen any time soon!

Rampage won't use his Wrestling against Silva. He would strike with him and Anderson would end this pretty easily, like he did against Forrest. Just another planet of Striking! Rampage looks for bombs all day long.. wich would be his downfall! 1 Round KO not competitive.

Rashad would make a little bit sense. If he really sticks to the gameplan, he could maybe grind out 1 Round. His Gnp is among zero and Silvas BJJ is superior! So even if he lay and prays for 1 round.. I still don't see this being competitve at all!

Jones is way too young and green for a guy like Silva. And Dana would never throw his golden boy in there with the best. Maybe in 2, 3 years if Silva is still fighting. But if they would fight now, I give him the second best chance!

Davis however is pretty dangerous, but still a noname in MMA. He could win this fight via decision. But why would he fight Anderson so early in his career?? Won't happen either. But this is the third most challenging fight for Andy.:thumbsup:
 

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LHW definitely has the best fights for Silva, but since he wont fight Machida I dont really like the idea of Silva moving up to clear out the contenders to Machida's crown (assuming Machida will win the shogun rematch). Kos and Fitch not fighting doesnt bother me because neither of them have the belt, and if one of them did I guarantee they would fight for the title.

I dont really pay much attention to business side of the UFC, so can someone explain why the UFC is so adamant about keeping its fighters from fighting in other promotions? I dont really believe thats the reason he didnt finish Maia or Cote or Lietes, but I dont want guys like fedor and silva not fighting in the UFC because they want to do other things as well. RJJ vs Silva would be ****ing awesome btw.
 

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It's simple...if you have a fighter of that caliber placate em. There's always exceptions to the rule. You can't ever hold a man down. He's obviously not entirely happy especially with Dana White bashing him publicly even when he's winning. Imagine you're a fighter, not only do you have to feed your family, worry about not losing, stressing over the legacy, etc...etc.

I want to make a note here too. Anderson Silva did a HUGE favour to fight a LHW in short notice against Irvin to counter Affliction. Who knows whether or not Dana has reciprocated the favour back. Dana should have had a talk with Anderson Silva before making those harsh statements. He basically drove a wedge. You can tell everybody isn't happy; Demian, Ed Soares, Andy, Dana, the fans, etc.

I for one don't agree with all the antics, but there's more than meets the eye. Don't want to get into this debate again. Talk to Andy and see what's up...more money, better opponents, fighting RJJ, whatever it is make a compromise...
 

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It's simple...if you have a fighter of that caliber placate em. There's always exceptions to the rule. You can't ever hold a man down. He's obviously not entirely happy especially with Dana White bashing him publicly even when he's winning. Imagine you're a fighter, not only do you have to feed your family, worry about not losing, stressing over the legacy, etc...etc.

I want to make a note here too. Anderson Silva did a HUGE favour to fight a LHW in short notice against Irvin to counter Affliction. Who knows whether or not Dana has reciprocated the favour back. Dana should have had a talk with Anderson Silva before making those harsh statements. He basically drove a wedge. You can tell everybody isn't happy; Demian, Ed Soares, Andy, Dana, the fans, etc.

I for one don't agree with all the antics, but there's more than meets the eye. Don't want to get into this debate again. Talk to Andy and see what's up...more money, better opponents, fighting RJJ, whatever it is make a compromise...

Sorry, but as much skill as AS has, MMA was here before him, and will be here after him. I truly don't beleive that AS is even that huge of a draw for fans, although it may be the case now, as people would be curious as to what craziness he'll get up to in the next fight.

I just think that AS has to realize he is a champion, and maybe should start acting like one, or else his legacy will be that of a great fighter, but an asshole of a person, and I don't think that is what someone would want at the end of the day.
 

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Sorry, but as much skill as AS has, MMA was here before him, and will be here after him. I truly don't beleive that AS is even that huge of a draw for fans, although it may be the case now, as people would be curious as to what craziness he'll get up to in the next fight.

I just think that AS has to realize he is a champion, and maybe should start acting like one, or else his legacy will be that of a great fighter, but an asshole of a person, and I don't think that is what someone would want at the end of the day.
Good point, but I think there may be some internal issues that needs to be dealt with. Who knows...my thinking is they (UFC) should get to the bottom of the situation. I don't want to be robbed of seeing one of the greatest fighter of this generation next to Fedor, GSP, BJ, Lyoto put in this type of situation. There's a lot of variables though.

Man...RJJ has been slipping

RJJ vs Danny Green...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8GiIED4StU
 

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I def think there's some inside drama going into this. Too bad it had to spill out into the open like this though. I hate AS, but have oodles of respect for his skills and talents, so I do hope he finishes off his career on a high note.
 
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