Maybe that’s his secret? Many men have been said to have lost to Anderson Silva prior to stepping in the cage, because of the awe and poise that he somehow mentally batters his opponent with in the build up. What is it that gives Anderson these powers? Simple as self confidence? Problem is that it’s a very fuzzy line between cockiness and confidence, as Jon Jones knows all too well.

According to one of the pioneers in the sport, Renzo Gracie — Anderson is not who he portraits with his words. Not a new criticism, but to come from a legend and fellow Brazilian is not a good look. According to Gracie, Anderson’s antics in the cage are unacceptable and set a bad example for fans and fighters alike.

“Anderson is a guy that rubs many people the wrong way. He’s not a humble guy. Even though he may speak humbly when he talks, when he’s in the ring he doesn’t act humble. He puts down his opponents. He acts in a way that again, we always know what is right and wrong, and by looking at that, we know it’s wrong. It’s like you can beat your opponent, but do it with respect.” – Fight Network

The best (or worst) example of what Renzo refers to could be see in Anderson’s fight against Demian Maia. In Silva’s words, he wanted to embarass Maia for “trash talking” prior to the fight. Not only did he punish Maia with his unwillingness to engage, but the patrons that paid to see his art in full display. Doubtful that will see the same demeanor from Silva next Saturday (July 6), as he takes on Chris Weidman at UFC 162 in Las Vegas, NV.