Despite successfully defending his middleweight belt for a sixth time at UFC 112, Anderson Silva emerged from the event as something of a villain due to his antics in the cage and unwillingness to attempt to finish his opponent.
In the immediate aftermath of the fight Silva appeared apologetic when talking to Joe Rogan in the octagon.
“I apologize to everybody, I don’t know what got into me tonight. I wasn’t as humble as I should have been. It was just the ring rust and a little bit of everything. I’m really sorry to all you guys. I don’t know what got into me and I can guarantee the next time it won’t happen.”
Strangely though Silva appeared to have changed his tune by the time he had got backstage, and was no longer feeling the need to appease the fans.
“I don’t feel like I owe anyone an apology right now. Sometime’s fights turn out good, sometimes they turn out bad.
“The way I feel, my mission was completed, I came in and dominated the fight, I did what I had to do, That’s how I feel.”
Also, while he had earlier appeared to be disappointed for his actions inside the cage during the fight – which included taunting his opponent and showboating – later he appeared to suggest that it was Maia who had been disrespectful towards him.
“Unfortunately, not every fight turned out the way everyone would like. Demian disrespected me, not as a person, but as a fighter.”
“I’m not too sure what [jiu-jitsu] school Demian came from. I sent a message because he disrespected morally by the things that he said. “I’m a black belt, and would never say the things that he said.”
It’s not clear exactly what Maia said to upset him though, and whether it was something that happened before or during the fight.
If Silva’s intention was to send a message to Maia by humiliating him in the octagon then in the first two rounds he succeeded.
His actions in the following rounds undid much of his good work however, and appears to have drawn much of the attention away from his opponent, and built up a considerable backlash towards himself instead.
Watch Silva’s manager Ed Soares reaction to the performance of his fighter here