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Anderson Silva Says He Was Out Of Control At UFC 162

The MMA world is still talking about Chris Weidman’s upset over Anderson Silva at UFC 162 and that includes the former champion. Silva has been candid with the media about the loss and in a new interview admits he lost control going into the second round.

[adinserter block=”1″]While Weidman’s win over Silva is hardly the biggest upset in UFC history, it is still one of those fights that will be talked about forever. Did The Spider lose the fight because Weidman was the better fighter or did Silva beat himself? If you ask Anderson, he beat himself.

Silva was a guest on a recent talk show in Brazil where he discussed the fight. Silva opened up to host Danilo Gentili about his mindset and lack of focus in the fight and what his biggest mistakes were on that infamous night in Las Vegas.

Unfortunately, it was a mistake and I paid a high price for it. It was a technical mistake, but it shouldn’t have happened…but happened. The truth is…the charge that people put on me due to my previous performances was tremendous. So…in this way when you make a mistake people just don’t understand. It was an unintentional thing. I’ve never said that I was the best in the world or that I was unbeatable.

I stood with my legs parallel when I had to do a step back instead to dodge the punch that KO’d me. Anyways, it was a sequence of events that led me to what happened. All the pre-fight tension and that feeling that makes you want to explode during the fight…During the round breaks, I always go back to my corner. But this time, I didn’t come back to my cornermen.

I came back to argue with Weidman, asking him to keep the fight on the feet, saying, ‘let’s strike, let’s give a good show,’ when actually I needed to come back to my corner, to get some instructions. I shouldn’t have been there, discussing with Weidman. I should have calmed down to receive the instructions in order to do the right things in the second round. And I didn’t do that. So I think I was out of control, lost my temper a little bit.

What I really liked about this interview is that Silva actually went into detail about the technique and what he should have done as opposed to what he was doing. This also brings up the argument as to whether Silva was goofing around or not. If you listen to Silva here it sounds like his goofing around as some characterize it was actually strategy. His strategy though and not his corner’s.

It is amazing to me that someone as great as Silva was able to lose focus so easily. Take the first fight with Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 for example. Silva remained focused and disciplined for the entire fight, even in the face of being dominated, a more challenging situation I would think than what Weidman was accomplishing. Yet it only took a round to break Silva’s focus and lure him into making a critical mistake. That is the kind of explanation I’d expect to hear from a rookie fighter, not a legend.

[adinserter block=”2″]Regardless I can’t wait to see what kind of strategy Silva brings with him to the rematch. Can he remain disciplined and focused? If he can’t, he is in for a rude awakening.

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  1. Silva is undoubtedly one of the best punchers in the game today, you only have to look at the list of people that he's left sleeping while they put the belt back around his waist and interview him after the fight. The one issue he's always had, that puts him at an even bigger disadvantage, is that Silva is best when he can take his time, assess the other fighter, and engage when he wants to. Now, Silva has to come at Chris because you have to beat the guy to be the guy. For now I will totally ignore the fact that Chris probably isn't going to rely on his striking to beat Silva again, after all, striking is only a part of MMA.


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