Anderson Silva may have lost his title over a week ago to Chris Weidman after showboating and taunting his opponent, however it doesn’t mean that it’s the last will see of the antics used as a tactic to draw in his opponents. During a recent interview in Brazil, Silva was quick to draw a parallel between Muhammad Ali’s demeanor and his own. Here’s his opinion on the questions of him “going too far with antics.”
“If Muhammad Ali came up saying I wasn’t humble, then I’d think if I was humble or not,” he said in a Sunday interview on Brazil’s Globo TV. “There was no lack of respect. I respect everybody. All the provocation, hands down… It should continue, it’s part of the show”
That does not mean that Silva did not learn from the devastating loss. You can safely assume that we will not see the same game-plan, come Dec. 28.
“Nobody likes to lose,” Silva said. “I train four months to win. But you end [up] learning with your mistakes, and I learned the worst way possible. After everything that happened, we calm down and I realized I had something to question, even question Anderson Silva. I lost to myself, and that’s the worst loss. Losing by knockout shakes you, [it] will be in history, but will leave a lesson.”
Silva’s head Coach Cesario Bezerra also commented on some of the back-story that may have contributed to the KO loss.
“He regrets it, lost his focus,” Bezerra said. “He apologized, but it’s done. The important [thing] is that he has a chance to do it all over again. We lost three months. Anderson is complicated, there are too many things around him. We recently had a problem in the gym and I told him: ‘Anderson, your job is with the hands, legs. Don’t listen to those people, you’re not a Hollywood star. Don’t forget where you come from, things you’ve been through. You’re the UFC champion. You’re the star inside there, but here you need to be a simple man. That good and humble man. I don’t understand what’s happening to you.’ I’m one of his oldest coaches here in Rio, so he listens to me. He answered me: ‘Do you think so, master?’ And I said: ‘Of course. It wasn’t nice. I don’t know what you’re doing, but you’re letting success come to your head, losing humility.’ He got upset when I said that, but he later recognized.”
Further, the wild accusations of “a fix” only seemed to anger Silva as he treated the question as ignorance.
“Everybody has to retire, but it’s not my time yet,” Silva said. “I’ll get a rematch. Chris gave me this opportunity and we’re fighting again. That’s another chance to overcome, reinvent myself as a person and athlete.”