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Anderson Silva Doesn’t Give A Damn What You Think

(Post-fight presser footage, via

Anderson Silva seems to be getting too used to disappointing fans.  Check the look on his face when a reporter takes him to task for not doing more to try and finish Thales Leites.  He seems more bored than anything else.  His manager and Chuck Liddell both get angry for him, but it’s as if Silva himself can’t be bothered with it.

Dana White will continue to defend Silva’s status as the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter, and he has a lot of good points, particularly about Fedor being “at a buffet in Russia,” and not at all interested in proving himself against the best in the world.  But at the same time, if the world’s best fighter can’t entertain anybody but himself, what’s the point?  

This is the second straight time Silva has left us bored and confused with his performance.  He’s so concerned with fighting a “perfect” fight, he doesn’t care whether anyone actually wants to see it.  That’s a problem.  The UFC set a North American attendance record with 21,451 people packed into the Bell Centre last night, and yet the organization’s best fighter may have spent five rounds proving to the audience in the venue and at home that he isn’t concerned in the least with giving them their money’s worth.

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Shane- April 23, 2009 at 4:55 pm
the funniest thing is that Dana always prides himself on having THE best fighters in the world... now lets look at Fedor's track record. wins over : Andrei Arlovski, Tim Sylvia (in 36 seconds), Kevin Randleman (after a mega suplex to the dome), possibly Josh Barnett, Mark Coleman (twice, and mark is a hall of famer in UFC) all of whom are previous U.F.C. HEAVY WEIGHT CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD (shout out to bruce buffer) Fedor has also beat Herring, Big Nog, Sobral, and Cro Cop. All of these peope fought in the U.F.C... Dana. grow up dude. just because he didnt sign your contract doesnt mean the dude isnt the greatest.
Anderson is my dude- April 20, 2009 at 1:58 pm
And to all those who think Fedor is the best pound 4 pound fighter. Other than Tim Sylvia, who has he beat?
Anderson is my dude- April 20, 2009 at 1:56 pm
My thoughts exactly. Thank you homie
Dr.- April 20, 2009 at 9:13 am
Here's the thing, when Tim Sylvia was the champ and started letting his fights go to decision, people were saying it was boring - not smart, like they are saying with Silva.

Granted they aren't in the same class but Sylvia had a similar, conservative game plan and that kept the belt around his waist.
Anonymous- April 20, 2009 at 8:42 am
1. Anderson's resonsibility is to first win the fight, then...if possible, provide an exciting fight.

2. When facing someone who boot scoots, falls on his back at the first sign of trouble, and circles back and to the left, knocking someone out becomes much more difficult.

3. We have all gotten a little spoiled by Anderson, and Thales was scared shitless in the cage last night.

4. Fedor is the best P4P, even if he is a heavyweight, IMO.

Could Anderson have REALLY pressed the action and gotten the KO? Probably. Was his opponent really giving him a chance to? Not really. Is it up to Anderson to press the action against an opponent who is stalling, especially when he can just lay back and pick him apart with precision striking? No, I don't think so.
slamnbam88- April 20, 2009 at 8:38 am
Greg Jackson is the key to making anderson work for it.
A) make him fight GSP
B) Make him fight Marquart again
C) Jardine
D) Evans

all of them will stay in his face
Eric- April 20, 2009 at 6:45 am
That's because Machida out strikes Silva when they spar. It's obvious that Silva has decided this is a better fighting style, and I agree. He's going to win every fight like that, and if his opponents decide the best way to counter this style is to hang back and not do anything then that's not Silva's fault. Silva will probably work out a way to be a little more offensive for his next fight, plus I doubt he'll get matched up with a strong ground guy ever again.

I think Silva looked amazing, if he gone after Leites when he turtled up I would have been shocked. If you want to take it to the ground then you need to bring the opponent down, not lay there and hope he comes down to you.

Anonymous- April 20, 2009 at 6:38 am
Anderson silva is a fag little bitch...
Orphan Machine- April 20, 2009 at 5:55 am
Dana needs to put him against GSP. That would be an amazing fight!
C-Bus Allstar- April 20, 2009 at 5:45 am
You know what the problem is? These fucking reporters and assholes in these press conferences ARE NOT fighters. They do not understand the workings of a fight. They do not understand that you can't have a spectacular knockout finish unless one guy or the other A: makes a mistake that the opponent can capitalize on, or B: throws themselves at their opponent wrecklessly. Anderson Silva fought the perfect fight and won the perfect fight. The fact that it didn't end as a knockout should be blamed squarely on the shoulders of Thales Leites for running away and throwing a combined 12 strikes (exaggeration [sort of]). If Thales Leites had come into that fight determined to stand and bang with Anderson Silva, then he would have gotten knocked the fuck out. As it stands, Anderson Silva fought the perfect fight and won.
Pale- April 20, 2009 at 4:53 am
if you want to see entertainment, check WWE and Raw. fakewrestling is the thing for you people. in my opinion mma is about fighting, not about entertaining douchebags with designer t-shirts...
numbnuts says- April 20, 2009 at 3:09 am
Caps that was one of the stupidest comments that I have ever read. Yeah putting a champion on the undercard would be really good for business. Here's some advice why don't you try taking your head out of your ass while you are typing.
Anonymous- April 19, 2009 at 9:32 pm
Silva For President!
KTFO- April 19, 2009 at 9:08 pm
Say what you will about the Silva fight, but I will NEVER forget where I was the first time I saw a guy get punched and elbowed in THE FOOT!
John- April 19, 2009 at 7:20 pm
go fuck yourself silva.
michael huerta- April 19, 2009 at 6:58 pm
wow i cant believe what dana said about fedor. he is living in his own little world if he thinks that fedor has not beaten the best. And he keeps giving anderson chumps to fight. Dana White is RETARTED!
T BONE- April 19, 2009 at 4:55 pm
give em a small cage to fight in lol
K.E.G.- April 19, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Realy? Thanks for enlightening all of us. Now shut the fuck up adults are talking here.
K.E.G.- April 19, 2009 at 4:45 pm
I can't stand how people are saying if you think Silvas performance was boring then you are not an educated enough fan. Thats bullshit. I understand everything that goes on in there, and maybe that was his only option but fuck him! That shit was the most boring fight I've ever seen. Leites should be booted from the UFC he will never be a champion and he proved that last night, does Kaleb Starnes ring a bell? I don't really see any difference between the two at this point. MW division sucks and always has in the UFC bottom line.

Oh and FUCK CAPS LOCK HAL! By far the biggest idiot to ever post on this site. We get it alright, you don't know shit so shut the fuck up
TheBum- April 19, 2009 at 4:40 pm
Ok, let me break it down...

Anderson Silva is not a fucking retard you guys.. If you have the iq of a 10 year old you know that rushing in with legkicks and punches against a world champion in bjj is not such a good idea.. From any point o view i think Leites was thinking the same thing, he probably figured out that making stupid takedown attempts may end with him getting a knee in the face because he surely knew that silva is much faster. Now i can see where a lot of you guys are coming from and i sometimes don´t like Silva feeling out process that sometimes takes a whole round of just dancing around.. That sux ass.. But was Silva doing the right thing? Damn right.... Was he right to be cautious ? Yes he was.. Was that the best performance Leites could do in a fight for a belt? Hell no and if it was, his next fight should be against the likes of Butterbean or Ken Shamrock..

About the Fedor thing... Can´t belive that Dana still talks so much crap after he has beat 5 ufc champions, pound for pound or not he still is unbeaten and gsp and silva is not.. I dont give a fuck about the p4p but Dana looks like a fucking clown everytime he opens his mouth about Fedor.. Jesus

trailer park fans- April 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm
The critics of Silva would only be appeased with a barrage of haymakers and a knockout in the first round... the days of Chuck Liddell are gone. You same critics would be whining if the fight went to the ground and it was a bjj battle.

Its like when Mike Tyson was knocking people out in seconds... when it went to the later rounds all the dumbf*cks and moronic commentators would whine that something was wrong... go back to your trailer park and watch Chuck Liddell reruns to get your fix.
Bojangles- April 19, 2009 at 4:03 pm
Fedor= the best, he KO's the UFC's previous 2 HWC
Anonymous- April 19, 2009 at 4:00 pm
DW - "Fedor is at a buffet in Russia right now".

Where is the zinger in that? The fact he might be eating at a restaurant or that he is in Russia or both?

DW is a tool pretending that Fedor is not all that he is. Even if he doesn't fight with you, doesn't mean you have to throw credibility and reason out the window. I've never watched a boring Fedor fight, and Silva's last two attempts have been disgraces.
Anonymous- April 19, 2009 at 3:13 pm
Those knee kicks probably came out of frustration. Even then, thales did nothing but stand there.

Here is a guy trying to end my career and I just stand there because I'm too frightened to even fight back.

It's a good thing Silva didn't sneeze at any point in that fight. Leites would have just been blown away.
kneecapped- April 19, 2009 at 3:01 pm
That was a ridiculous fight to watch. And whether or not Anderson Silva thinks he has no worthy challengers, a true champion, and a so called p4p best would not spend the better part of 2 rounds trying to end someone's career with repeated side kicks to the knee.

I posted this before but it needs to be repeated; that kind of tactic will get a player in the NFL (or any other professional sport) suspended for a season.

Can you imagine any other champions doing that (GSP?/Fedor?/Couture?). He may well suffer from Mayweather syndrome, best in his mind, but who cares.

Without an attitude adjustment, he is finished as a PPV headliner.