In April 2010, UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva entered the Octagon against Demian Maia on the heels of destroying Forrest Griffin at 205 pounds and was predicted to make quick work of his opponent. However, while Silva certainly could have put Maia away at any number of times, “The Spider” opted to play with Maia for the bulk of the bout instead of go in for the kill. The decision to do so drew a ton of criticism from fans and even angered UFC President Dana White to the point of threatening to release Silva in the event of any similar showings in the future.
Looking back on the matter, it appears the pound-for-pound great learned his lesson and to this day has no problem with any negativity associated with the unprofessional performance.
“I think that was the only time in my life I had a misconduct,” explained Silva in an interview with TATAME. “We must always be changing with these attitudes. It’s a sport children, older people and younger [people] attend. For that we can earn respect and more fans, have to have that awareness.”
Since the match-up with Maia, Silva has finished all five of the opponents he’s faced including four by way of strikes. His most recent dismantling of an adversary came last night at UFC 153 where he smashed Stephan Bonnar with essentially a single strike in the opening round of their headlining tilt.
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