Dana White Needs to Apologize to Anderson Silva
After reading all the fallout on Yahoo! Sports from the Anderson Silva/Demien Maia fight, about how Silva is a disgrace to mixed martial arts and how UFC fuhrer Dana White is at his wit’s end trying to figure out what to do with the guy, I finally took the time to sit down and watch the fight. And you know what? Dana White and Yahoo! Sports are full of shit. Plain and simple.
The obvious fact was that Maia was simply outclassed from the start. He couldn’t touch Silva. In the second round, Silva stood directly in front of Maia with his hands at his sides, head motionless, for seconds at a time. Maia didn’t even throw a punch. Silva basically took the last three rounds off and Maia’s face was still a bloody mess by the end of the fight.
And people want to blame Silva for the bad fight?
Look, I don’t blame Maia either. He didn’t belong in the ring with Silva. He was terrified from the start. Twice I saw him fall to the ground in anticipation of punches that never landed.
This fight was Dana White’s fault.
White and his fanbois at Yahoo! say Silva should have used his killer instinct to finish Maia like Tyson used to do to his opponents in his prime. But this isn’t boxing. Silva is one of the most dangerous men on the planet, in a sport where he’s punching his opponents in the head with practically his bare hands. Does White want Silva to kill somebody in the ring? Is that what he means by killer instinct? Because when you place two fighters so wildly unmatched in the same cage, there’s a distinct possibility that could happen.
Silva has made it abundantly clear from previous fights he will not finish people who don’t belong in the ring with him. And, you know what, I don’t blame him. Demien Maia is a great fighter and would absolutely destroy me if I ever crossed him in a dive bar, but putting him up against Anderson Silva would be like sending Bobby Fischer to play the local YMCA champ. Or sending Paul Pfeiffer to beat up Wayne (All you kids out there need to look that reference up if you don’t get it. Hours of great television in store for you).
Silva may have clowned Maia, but he’s a warrior. He’s clearly got a code. He wants to fight the best. He doesn’t want to bully people who can’t stand with him. And he’s shown repeatedly he’ll only bring his game if he’s fighting someone who challenges him. This shouldn’t be that hard *Dana White* to figure out.
Yes, the Maia fight only happened because Vitor Belfort pulled out. Chael Sonnen was too beat up from his last fight to make this card. So why not set Silva up with a heavyweight if there’s no one else? Why should Maia get a title shot just because he’s the only middleweight healthy enough to fight? Silva has said he he’d like to take on Brock Lesnar one day. Put him in with a big guy and see how he does. How about a fight with Cro-Cop or Nogueira? How great would that have been? Heavyweights past their prime, but still great tests for the smaller Silva.
Instead we got the fight with Maia, the results of which anyone could have seen coming.