At least Anderson Silva entertained himself.
Silva, considered to be the best pound for pound fighter in the world, toyed with challenger Demian Maia for the first two rounds of their middleweight title fight at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi. But in the final three frames, Silva completely shut down, content to stay out of danger, a ploy that angered the fans on Yas Island and on pay per view around the world.
It’s clear that Silva has no equal in the middleweight division. That much is certain. But at UFC 112, he also showed no desire to finish a fight against an opponent who, despite displaying plenty of heart, had little to bring to the table. Though the crowd was in his favor by the end, Demian Maia was clearly outclassed.
Silva won a unanimous decision victory, and it wasn’t controversial. But the method of Silva’s victory certainly was. UFC President Dana White apologized to the fans via his Twitter account after the fight and appeared disgusted by Silva’s actions. Not only that, but White seethed during the fight, eventually throwing the UFC middleweight belt towards manager Ed Soares and walking out of the fight. It’s the first main event fight White has ever walked out of.
At the post-fight press conference, White said that Silva may end up being the first champion to fight on a UFC preliminary card.
EDGAR SHOCKS PENN
Frankie Edgar pulled one of the biggest upsets in UFC history by shocking B.J. Penn and winning the UFC lightweight title with a unanimous decision victory over five rounds.
The fight was close. Heavy.com scored it three rounds to two for Edgar, but it could have easily gone the other way. Edgar’s boxing seemed to make the difference, as he was able to get in and out of Penn’s range and use effective striking to defeat the seemingly unbeatable lightweight champion.