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Attitude costs Silva big
Published 7/10/2013 6:00:00 AM
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Losing sucks. But losing when you should have won is even more painful.

Anderson Silva, the former UFC middleweight champion, learned this harsh reality last week when the newly crowned middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, defeated him.

Weidman won by knockout early in the second round after delivering two hard left-handed punches that left Silva flat on the canvas.

Silva, who is known for his antics in the octagon, may have taken them too far this time, costing him not only the fight, but also fans.

Silva regularly taunts his opponents, attempting to defeat them both physically and mentally, a method that entertained fans and helped him to win his last 17 fights.

Over his career, he has compiled a 33-5 record, leaving the Brazilian fighter as a contender for the title of the best UFC fighter of all time.

However, after fans saw what appeared to be a diluted effort in the ring and a distracted fighter, some respect was lost.

Against Weidman, Silva allowed blow after blow to his jaw and face, but Weidman had had enough. He saw his opportunity when Silva again taunted him by lowering his hands near his hips, leaving him vulnerable.

Weidman capitalized on an unprotected target.

Silva even told Jeff Wagenheim of Sports Illustrated that his game plan didn’t work.

"I tried to induce Chris into playing my game, and it didn't work," Silva said. "He threw some shots that landed. I got caught. So, obviously, my game plan didn't work tonight."

Weidman believes Silva's antics are for more of a mental advantage, rather than for the purpose of humiliation.

"I don't feel he's disrespecting his opponents out there," Weidman said to Sports Illustrated. "I feel like he's trying to get a mental edge, to mentally defeat them. Wait for you to get angry and throw a hard punch, and then counterpunch you."

This isn’t the first time Silva’s in-ring manor almost added a tally in the loss column.

Silva’s long-time rival, Chael Sonnen, nearly defeated him in their first meeting. It wasn’t until the fifth round that Silva caught him with a triangle arm bar, which left Silva walking away a champion.

Silva and Sonnen met two years later where, again, Sonnen had an impressive start. But, Sonnen was then knocked out, leaving Silva the victor.

The same question arose in both of these fights: Were Silva’s antics to the best of his advantage or did they hinder his ability?

This time Weidman decided how he wanted that question answered.


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