I don’t know about you guys, but where I come from we refer to the above behavior as "screwing around." Clearly Thales Leites didn’t show up with the intention of bringing the fight to Silva last night, so he shares some of the blame for the most unsatisfying main event since, well, Silva vs. Cote. But when Silva starts fighting like a sixth grade bully, more intent on making you look stupid than on actually hurting you, it’s hard to argue that he performed like a champ.
Leites may have flopped around on the mat for five rounds, but what did any of us really expect from him? Silva, on the other hand, is supposed to be the holy terror of the UFC. We’re all very impressed at the cool stuff he can pull off during a fight, but we’re way more impressed when one of those cool things is knocking people out.