During the latter rounds of Anderson Silva’s fight with Demian Maia at UFC 112 two thoughts in particular struck me.  The first was, “what the hell is Silva thinking?” The second was, “Dana White is going to be fuming about this.”

I wasn’t wrong.

“Believe me, I’ll answer the questions of what a disgrace the main event was,” an angry White told the media assembled for the post-fight press conference. “To end it the way that we did was an embarrasment for me, the UFC, the Fertittas and  the UAE.”

During the fight color commentator Joe Rogan remarked that the livid UFC president had an angry exchange with Silva’s manager Ed Soares during the fight after watching the fighter appear to give up on the idea of actually trying to end the fight in the final rounds.

Not only that but it turns out that White was so infuriated by what he was watching that he actually threw down Silva’s belt and left the arena during the fourth round of the fight.

“If you’re that talented, be Mike Tyson. go in there and finish,” he later remarked. “I’m so blown away and disgusted and saddened.”

This is not the first time White has voiced his disapproval at Silva for a disappointing display – he had similar things to say after the middleweight champions previous fights with Thales Leites and Patrick Cote too, but it seems he’s particularly upset with his most recent display, and it’s hard to blame him.

In the end Silva’s status as one of the UFC’s greatest fighters means that his performance reflects badly not only on him but on the organization as a whole, leaving White to try to apologize and state, “I dont know how yet, but I will make this up to the fans.”

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  1. Get off Silvas D*ck. He still came out with a win, so whats the matter? Does every championship fight have to be a clean tko or submission? my Respect for silva has only increased.

  2. He doesn’t have to finish the fight, but do you not agree that he should at least be attempting to finish the fight? In the last few rounds he just pretty much stopped fighting.

    You know things are bad when even the referee has to step in and warn you to start fighting or your getting a point deducted!

    It’s not the first time we’ve seen this from Silva, and though I think the gameplan and quality of his recent middleweight opponents is partly responsible, he definitely has to shoulder some of the blame here.

  3. If Maia was all that great, how come no ones complaining that he didn’t even phase Silva? If Anderson could dance around unphased and just Toy with Maia, then it shows Maia was no match for him.

    Untill someone gets in there and beats this guys ass you cant say shit. He can dance in the middle of the ring and do jumping jacks if he wants, wheres the dude that can prevent him from doing that?

  4. It’s Maia’s ground game that’s great though, not his stand-up.

    Maia definitely didn’t put on a good performance, it seemed like Silva’s dominance in the opening rounds just took most of the fight out of him.

    It’s worth remembering that Maia wasn’t supposed to be Silva’s opponent though, he just happened to be the only available upper-tier fighter that was available when Vitor Belfort pulled out injured.

  5. I think a lot of people should just take a chill pill on this one, including Dana White. Yes I agree that Silva took it a little too far in the last 2 rounds, but in the opening 2-3 rounds, Maia did not really engage him either.

    Dana should shoulder most of the blame. He shot his mouth off after the Thales Leites fight (which I think was not Silva’s fault at all) saying stuff like in future were gonna give Silva real challenging fights. He should never have put him against a ground game specialist, as we have seen this fail miserable in the past with the disgraceful Leites in his title chance.

    It’s up to Silva’s opponents to take the belt, not for Silva to take risks simply to impress. It’s like saying GSP should get off his opponents and let them stand up when he is dominating them on the ground for the entire fight.

    Shame Belfort got injured becuase I think that would have made a much more interesting and exciting fight. He is a great striker and one to go after his opponents. Silva would have to fight then!

    As for Silva’s disrespect to Maia, perhaps there is some personal stuff there that we know nothing about. We all know in the past Silva has been one of the most respectfull and gracious fighters out there so i think this occassion should not be how we judge him overall.

    As for not finishing Maia, or Leites for that matter, maybe he doesnt like beating up fellow Brazilians?

    At the end of the day, Dana needs to make happen big fights with Silva so he will have no choice but to show his best. He has not got many fights left with his UFC contract. Perhaps Rua, Rampage, John Jones at LHW, GSP at Welterweight or even heavy weights Lesner, Velasquez, Carwin or Fedor. Silva has said himself he is willing to fight anyone in these divisions. Onny then we will really see what Silva’s full potential is.

  6. I have to say there was a lot of blood on the mat and I know we didnt get to see any of it. For 50 dollars a fight I wanna see all the damn fights. As for Silva Dana should have got in the ring and knocked his ass out, Id buy that for a dollar.

  7. hey to all of you out there i think Dana had every right to be pissed off i would have been mad, i was mad i payed for the fight im angry, that was the worst display of sportsmanship ive ever seen it looked as if we were watching a funny fight match or something i think i should get my money back thats the first time ive ever said that. Anderson silva should have lost the fight on those grounds and so what if he was out of maia league the fight was on he should have brought it.Fights ended in the first round before he should have to fight for free or something. I would have been very embarrassed!

  8. Why Dana White dont shut a f*** up and give Anderson somebody worth to fight. Anderson made a lot money for White… give a break Dana and suck it up.

  9. I think all of the ignorant fight fans out there that blatently have no idea what there talking about when it comes to mma,need to shut the hell up. its Danas buisness here not yours,so he needs to do what’s best for his buisness. Obviously he knows what he’s doing,look where the UFC has come from. Bottom line,Silva should of knocked Maia out(if he could) or get his ass on the ground one time and get tapped out. Until then,everyone shut up and learn a little something about mma and buisness. Go G.S.P.