Following his shocking, KO loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 162, Anderson Silva didn’t blame the defeat on his taunting , but rather, the star credited the new champ for negating his game plan. Since the stunning fight went down, it seems like some fans and pundits are claiming ‘he’s done this before, so it was just a tactic’, while others are saying the legendary fighter was cocky and reckless. Some, on the other hand, are arguing it was a bit of both.
The fighter’s manager Ed Soares appeared on The MMA Hour Monday, and while he predictably didn’t blast Silva for his antics Saturday, he did relay his star client might have gotten carried away.
“I think he went out there and was taunting him and doing certain things Anderson does once in awhile. There’s a possibility he may have taken it too far this time. And unfortunately he wasn’t able to walk away with the W.”
Considering the abilities of Weidman, who is much, much more than just a lay-and-pray artist, it’s pretty difficult to argue Silva shouldn’t have eased off the showboating. As Soares noted, however, it is precisely because of Silva’s legendary skills and ability to entertain, that he is the sport’s consensus, greatest fighter ever.
“You move left when you should have moved right, and your night can end,” Soares said. “Unfortunately, Anderson has a tendency to walk on that tightrope of taking risks. It’s part of the reason people like to watch him fight is because he takes those type of risks. Unfortunately, Saturday night, didn’t go his way.”
And as far as the rematch? Soares said that fight “is the last thing on our minds” and that he wants to see Silva hang out with his friends and family; people who “unconditionally care about him”, regardless of if he carries the belt or not. Interesting.
Looks like the anxious waiting regarding the rematch continues.