Anderson Silva Bites The Hand That Feeds Him
As a general rule of thumb, the old adage says that you shouldnt, as the title says, bite the hand that feeds you. It's considered disrespectful to turn in any way against someone who provides for you.
Anderson Silva, considered one of if not the best pound-for-pound fighters in MMA right now, turned in his third straight lackluster pay-per-view performance this weekend, defending his title against the over-matched Damien Maia but looking like a fool in the process.
I was a bit surprised at the matchup even when the event was first announced, because I've seen both Silva and Maia fight several times, and from that alone I was confident that Silva was a heavy favorite.
I was not wrong, as apparently Silva was clearly faster, stronger, and more everything than Maia from the time the bell rung. Unfortunately, Silva didn't use that as a reason to make quick work of Maia.
Silva did get in some good shots in, even breaking Maia's nose in the second round, but never bothered to finish Maia off. He chose instead to spend the last three rounds hot-dogging around the arena, pulling some Apollo Creed type nonsense in the ring.
UFC president Dana White was so disgusted that he tossed the title belt to Silva's manager and stormed out of the ring area before the fight ended, saying he's never been more embarrassed.
Silva says he did what he did because he felt Maia disrespected him (by talking trash during a prematch interview), but that's not really an adequate excuse for what transpired. A far more reasonable "payback" to behavior like that would have been to capitalize on your weaker opponent and embarrass him with a quick knockout, not beat him up a little and then dance around for ten or twenty minutes. Silva may cost both himself and the UFC tens of thousands of dollars before this whole mess goes away.