Posted on: April 10, 2010 3:20 pm
Edited on: April 11, 2010 11:49 am
Time for the middleweight title fight: Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia.
Silva looks more confident than ever coming to the Octagon. Nothing fazes this guy. They keep showing Georges St. Pierre at cageside and teasing that he's interested in this fight. I guess they're setting up Silva vs. St-Pierre after all.
But first, Silva vs. Maia...
Round 1: Maia stalking forward cautiously as Silva waits for his opening. Silva with a side kick to the shin. Interesting. Silva with an outside leg kick that spins Maia around on his feet. Silva head fakes a strike and Maia leaps backward, covering half the distance of the Octagon.
Silva begins clowning, crouching down into a sprinter's starting position and sticking his chin out. Leg kick by Silva. And another. Maia doesn't want to move forward, but that's keeping him from throwing anything, too. Silva starts doing a side-to-side head shimmy, mocking Maia, then throws a short fist. Maia tries to pull guard and Silva escapes.
Silva hits Maia with a flying knee to the head, and Maia goes down. Silva won't go into Maia's guard, wisely. He starts kicking Maia in the hands, dangerously close to kicking him in the face while he's down. The referee stands Maia up. Silva still mocking Maia and toying with him. 10-9 Silva.
Round 2: Silva with a jab and some more mockery. Silva with an ouside leg kick that puts Maia down. Silva stuffs a takedown and throws a huge kick at Maia while he's down, just missing his head. (Which would be extremely illegal, if he connected.) Silva now mocking Maia again and the crowd cheers him for it. Silva standing with his hands on his hips, then at his waist. He punches the canvas, frustrated. Maia swings, Silva dodges.
Silva just following Maia around the cage and talking trash at him. Jab by Silva. The round ends. If I could deduct a point from Silva for being an idiot, I would. But I can't. 10-9 Silva.
Round 3: Teep kick by Silva. Maia's face is bleeding. Outside leg kick by Silva. Inside leg kick by Silva. Maia is taking these leg kicks but he's not giving much back, other than the occasional missed jab. At this point, if I'm Maia, I just shoot for takedowns or get knocked out trying. Maia misses a jab, Silva with a leg kick. He misses again, and Silva kicks his leg again, and then mocks him by doing some ugly-looking jig.
Silva will chop Maia down and Maia will stay there, but Silva lets him up. It's basically a public shaming at this point. 10-9 Silva.
Round 4: More of the same. Silva is not attacking, just dancing around and making fun of the fact that Maia can't do anything to stop him. Maia is trying, but he's way out of his league, demoralized, and unable to force anything. The crowd in Abu Dhabi is cheering for GSP, which says it all.
Maia gets frustrated and waves Silva on. Silva answers by waving him forward. The crowd cheers for Maia. The round ends. Screw it -- 10-9 Maia, because at least he was moving.
Round 5: Embarrassing lack of class from a guy who should be one of the UFC's embassadors. Maia is looking for takedowns. Silva dodges one attempt. Maia has one eye closed from swelling. Leg kick by Silva, and Maia erupts with fists and kicks. He goes down and keeps swinging from his knees. The crowd goes nuts cheering him on. Silva laughs at him.
Maia swings, Silva ducks. Silva with a spinning back kick. Silva is just walking in circles. Silva misses a jab as Maia clings to a leg for a takedown attempt. Silva slips out. Side kick to the shin by Silva, followed by more jogging in circles. Referee Dan Miragliotta stops the fight to tell Silva if he keeps running around he's going to deduct a point, and the crowd cheers him for it.
Silva finally stands in front of Maia, but there's very little time left. He dodges a few strikes, and the buzzer sounds. The crowd erupts in a large "Maia, Maia" chant.
Winner: Anderson Silva defeats Demian Maia via unanimous decision after five rounds to retain the UFC middleweight title.
Silva is still every bit as good as advertised, but his complete disrespect of his opponents -- in a sport where the fighters pride themselves in respecting martial arts -- is growing tiresome. He apologized (through the interpretation of Ed Soares) afterward, but I don't buy it. Not when it's happened for several consecutive fights.
Reports from Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports are that Dana White threw down the middleweight title belt and stormed off. White apparently also had words with Ed Soares during the fight and did not strap the belt onto Silva after his win.
Silva is still one of the best fighters in the world. But somehow, even in winning, he finds a way to turn himself into a disgrace. His behavior won't help the UFC win any new fans. His ability would. But in order for that to happen, he needs to start dismantling guys the way he did early in his reign.
If you want to prove your opponent is terrible, do it by destroying him. Then, shake his hand afterward for being honorable enough to step into the cage and give it his best shot. To mock a man for trying, and to be the bully that nobody can shut up, is not being a great representative for MMA.
And that is part of being a champion. You have to represent your sport, particularly when it's fighting to maintain credibility as critics look for any chance to write it off. Silva's got the fighting game down pat. But if he wants to mock someone for being subpar, he should start by going home, looking in the mirror, and thinking about what it means to be a champion of honor.
In going out of his way to point out how shameful Maia was, Silva shamed himself and the UFC. It sounds like Dana White might agree with me on that one.
Posted on: October 26, 2008 12:00 am
Edited on: October 26, 2008 12:41 am
The UFC middleweight title is up for grabs as champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva defends against Patrick Cote in the main event.
Round 1: Cote throws a right that misses. Cote with leg kicks. Silva is biding his time, moving around a lot. Silva actually jogs in a half circle, making Cote chase him down. Cote with a kick to Silva's lead leg. Silva with a leg kick but Cote checks it. Silva with a leg kick and he tries for a muay thai clinch, but Cote escapes fast. Silva with a left hand. Silva is still moving around a lot. Silva with a knee to the head and a combo of fists. Another knee by Silva. Cote is cut on the forehead, but doesn't look hurt otherwise. Silva actually drops his hands and walks from side to side, almost taunting Cote to force something he can counter. Silva with a left high kick. The round ends and the crowd boos. 10-9 Silva.
Round 2: Cote's corner warns him that when Silva is inactive, it's because he's trying to set something up. Cote with a straight right. Silva with a combo and misses, but follows with a kick. Cote lands a spinning backfist. Silva body locks Cote against the fence. Cote gets an underhook and tries for a big right on the break, but Silva dodges it. Silva takes Cote to the ground. Cote controls Silva's wrists and takes full guard. Cote with elbows from the bottom. Silva stands and dares Cote to stand up. Silva actually offers a hand to Cote to help him up and in a funny moment, Cote shakes his head "no" to refuse the gesture. Referee Herb Dean stands them up. Front kick by Silva. Cote throws a combo but doesn't find anything. Silva throws a kick and Cote catches the leg, but Silva slips out. Cote clinches Silva against the cage. Silva lands an elbow to the head and a couple of knees to the ribs as the round ends. 10-9 Silva.
Round 3: As unbelievable as it is that Silva vs. Cote made it to Round 3, it ends in very bizarre fashion: As Cote hops forward to throw a punch, leading with his left foot forward, his right knee pops out of joint before he even throws a strike. Cote falls to the mat and grimaces in pain, and he can't keep fighting. Referee Herb Dean calls it off, and Silva wins in anticlimactic fashion.
Winner: Anderson Silva defeats Patrick Cote via TKO due to referee stoppage due to injury at 39 seconds of Round 3.
That's always a terrible way for a fight to end, and hopefully Cote heals and returns to action in due time. Silva was winning the fight, but Cote came at him the whole time and never gave up. Not even when his knee popped out, as Dean actually had to tell Cote -- as he stood back up -- that he wasn't allowed to keep fighting.
For Silva's part, he didn't have a scratch on him after the fight and he clearly did well. It wasn't the dominant, steamrolling win we're used to seeing from Silva, for sure. But I wouldn't make much of the fact that this went to Round 3, because a lot of that can be blamed on the amount of time Silva spent simply moving around and trying to sucker Cote into a bad spot.
Posted on: August 22, 2008 12:27 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2008 12:28 pm
The California State Athletic Commission announced on Thursday that EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva tested positive for the banned substance boldenone, stemming from his 7/26 fight with Justin Eilers on Showtime.
Silva and his co-manager Alex Davis claim he never took the substance and vow to appeal what they insist is a false positive.
Meanwhile, EliteXC head of fight operations Jeremy Lappen issued a statement that the promotion will stand by Silva through the appeals process.
In a written statement released Thursday, Lappen said the following:
"We respect the California commission and the job they do. We always enjoy working with them and work very well together. The illegal use of steroids is a problem in all major sports, including mixed martial arts. We certainly do not condone the use of steroids.
“But we also support, trust and have confidence in our fighter, Antonio Silva, who has denied ever taken any illegal substance, including steroids, and is prepared to challenge the results of the California Commission.
“So until all the facts are known and a final decision is rendered, EliteXC will reserve making any further comments at this time."
Silva has been suspended for one year, retroactive to July 26, and fined $2,500 by the CSAC, pending the appeal.
There was some speculation that if Silva did not appeal the punishment with the CSAC, that EliteXC would be forced to strip him of the heavyweight title. With company superstar Kimbo Slice fighting a still-unnamed opponent on the Oct. 4 Saturday Night Fights for CBS -- in front of a hometown crowd in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- it seemed logical that EliteXC might consider putting the vacant title up for grabs in the Kimbo Slice fight. However, Lappen's committment to stand by Silva in his appeal will probably nix that idea, even if Silva does eventually surrender the title.
Boldenone is an anabolic steroid used primarily for treatment of horses. It is not intended for human use, but frequently pops up in test failures for banned substances in MMA. Stephan Bonnar, Josh Barnett, Kit Cope and Phil Baroni have all tested positive for boldenone at various times.
The CSAC also announced that Edwin Dewees, who lost to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on the undercard of Affliction: Banned on July 19, tested positive for nandrolone. Like Silva, Dewees has been fined $2,500 and suspended for one year retroactive to the date of the fight.
The recent string of drug test failures are not exclusive to EliteXC and Affliction. On July 29, the Nevada State Athletic Commission announced that UFC fighter James Irvin tested positive for painkillers methadone and oxymorphone stemming from his KO loss to Anderson Silva on July 19.
In a written statement to the NSAC, Irvin has since admitted taking the substances without a prescription to alleviate pain in his foot. He is likely to be suspended for six to nine months and fined, pending a hearing by the NSAC.
Posted on: July 19, 2008 11:30 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2008 11:43 pm
The main event is up next, as reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva ventures into the light heavyweight division to fight James "The Sandman" Irvin.
Silva told me this week that he thinks this fight is "gonna be great." I sure hope he's right.
Round 1: Silva throws some low kicks. Irvin throws one to the head and misses. Irvin throws another kick. Silva catches his leg, levels him with a straight right to the chin, and Irvin crumbles to the ground. Silva smashes him with a series of rights on the ground, and Irvin is completely out. Well, that was quick.
Winner: Anderson Silva defeats James Irvin via KO due to strikes at 1:01 of Round 1.
This guy is downright scary. He just makes it look so easy.
Irvin has a gigantic gash under his right eye. It's about a .8 on the Marvin Eastman scale.
Posted on: July 19, 2008 10:30 am
We will have dueling live blogs of both the UFC and Affliction shows starting tonight, with this one covering the UFC event, round by round, starting between 8 and 9 p.m. ET. Todd Martin will cover all the action from ringside of the Affliction event in his own CBS blog, starting closer to 7:15 p.m. ET.
Everybody made weight for UFC Fight Night 14, but it was a close call for James Irvin, who initially weighed in at 207.5. He came back an hour later weighing 206, so the fight is on at the scheduled weight.
James Irvin (206) vs. Anderson Silva (206)
Reese Andy (206 vs. Brandon Vera (204)
Frank Edgar (155) vs. Hermes Franca (155)
Jake O’Brien (236) vs. Cain Velasquez (236)
Kevin Burns (171) vs. Anthony Johnson (170)
C.B. Dollaway (186) vs. Jesse Taylor (184)
Brodie Farber (171) vs. Rory Markham (170)
Johnny Rees (183) vs. Nate Loughran (183)
James Giboo (170) vs. Brad Blackburn (170)
Dale Hartt (156) vs. Shannon Gugerty (156)
Cale Yarbrough (186) vs. Tim Credeur (185)
Join us later today for a complete rundown of the action.
Posted on: March 2, 2008 12:04 am
Edited on: March 2, 2008 12:27 am
Dan Henderson is on his way to the Octagon for his main event title fight against Anderson Silva. This should be a good one.
Round 1: The circle cautiously to start. Silva throws a kick and Henderson tries to catch the leg and throw an overhand right, but he misses. Silva with various head kick attempts. Henderson takes him down. Silva is lying on his side and Henderson is hammerfisting him in the temple. Henderson gets side control. Silva spins out and pulls guard. Henderson takes a big swing that gets blocked, and the round ends. 10-9 Henderson based on the ground work.
Round 2: Henderson uses a kick to set up an overhand right but misses. Silva throws some head kicks. Henderson tries to pull guard but doesn't quite get there, so they get back to their feet. Henderson lands a big right. Silva gets his clinch long enough to rock Henderson with a right knee. Henderson swings wildly for a bit but goes down and pulls guard to regroup. Silva working some ground and pound. Silva with Henderson's back. Henderson tries a back elbow and misses. Silva gets the hooks in and then moves to a body triangle and flattens Henderson out. Silva sinks in a rear naked choke and Henderson taps out with 10 seconds left in the round.
Winner: Anderson Silva defeated Dan Henderson via submission to a rear naked choke at 4:50 of Round 2.
Unbelievable win for Silva, and the fact that he did it with a submission adds just another weapon to his arsenal.