Saturday, April 17, 2010

Thoughts On UFC 112 Anderson Silva vs Demian Maia

I finally got around to watching the Anderson Silva vs Demian Maia fight held out UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi on April 10th. It appeared to me that Anderson Silva wanted to show that Maia wasn't a worthy opponent and he was right. Maia couldn't get the fight to the ground where he could use his BJJ black belt skills and was extremely outclassed on the feet. Silva toyed with him letting his emotion get the better of him as he clowned and basically dared Maia to come in and hit him. Maia played it conservatively, most likely not wanting to rush in and overextend which would certainly result in a knock out. Then it got really weird. In the 3rd round it appeared that Silva got tired and didn't want to risk anything unusual happening so he started circling and refusing to engage. It appeared that he wanted Maia to come after him and Maia wasn't that dumb so the fight devolved into a boring excuse for a fight. It was definitely embarrassing for the UFC and their new partners but Silva refused to accept any blame during the closing press conference which only served to alienate fans even more. Perhaps Silva doesn't care because the UFC was unable to get him a quality opponent and wanted to let everyone know what a waste of time it was. Well if so then you can say mission accomplished.

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