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Once Again, Dana White Apologizes For Anderson Silva’s Performance


If Anderson Silva‘s inscrutable performance at yesterday’s UFC 112 left you feeling angry and cheated, Dana White feels your pain. White stormed out of the arena after the fourth round of Silva’s non-fight with Demian Maia, but not before dropping Silva’s championship belt off with the Spider’s manager, Ed Soares, refusing to deal with it himself. At the post-fight press conference, White ripped into the middleweight champ, telling media "I don’t think I’ve ever been more embarrassed in the ten years of being in this business." (Hmm. Does that sound familiar?) "I don’t know how yet," Dana continued, "but I will make this up to the fans that bought that shit tonight."

Having to repeatedly apologize for Anderson’s fights may have soured the UFC president on Silva permanently: "He said the other day that he wanted to cut to 170 and fight GSP. I don’t want to see that fight now. He doesn’t deserve to fight GSP…I’d like to say he lost his mind tonight, but this is the third time this has happened, this isn’t the first time."

Later, in an interview with Ariel Helwani, Dana called UFC 112 his lowest moment as president of the UFC, and appeared genuinely heartbroken that he had let down the people (and investors) of Abu Dhabi. It bothers him that he has to apologize to fans while Anderson seems to have no urge to do the same. Asked who he’d be interested to see Anderson fight next, White replied "Anderson doesn’t interest me right now."

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Durden- April 12, 2010 at 2:55 pm
I love you Dana
Joedirt- April 12, 2010 at 1:40 pm
I do believe it's a sport and not just a "fight" but you're still supposed to engage in this sport. Sure if you're up 3 td's in football you may not kill your starters.... but you also won't take a knee in the 3rd quarter. If he just jabbed and threw some leg kicks etc and stayed out of reach it may not be exciting but you can understand his view, but he literally didn't fight. Even as a sport, boxers prepare for 12 rounds in case the fight goes the distance but the goal is still to end it early.
bxconti- April 12, 2010 at 10:03 am
I was so confused while watching the fight to see him circling the octagon for the last 2 rounds, Maia's eye was swollen shut, he looked like he just got pounded on for 5 minutes straight by any other fighter, something Silva managed to do in between his comedy routine. I saw it as Silva just basically saying it's pretty clear i beat you so i'm not going to hurt you anymore. Then when I heard the interview with Silva of him saying "Its not a fight, its a sport" it was pretty clear to me thats what it was.

Any other sport you get that big of an advantage and you just coast for the rest of the game. If you're killing a team in football, as a runningback are you going to push for every yard-after-contact you can get and risk injury just to dominate them more than you already have. Or as a hockey player if your up 5-0 are you going to finish every hit and work extra hard in every battle in the corner even though the game is pretty much over already?

A.S. saw how brutalized Maia already was and stopped fighting, He's not out there to knock people out he just wants to win his fights. Also, I get a feeling that he really really hates Dana White and anything he can do to spite him he's going to.
eyeheartmma- April 12, 2010 at 9:22 am
I was entertained more by this fight than 90% of the rest. Sure I would have loved him to continue in the last few rounds like he did the first few.....or finish Mia....but the fact that he didn't certainly doesn't take away from the BAD A** that he showed us in the first couple. Come on...he impersonated like 5 fighters and showed us an 'offensive stanky leg' form! Brilliant!

For the record....he ran from Mia scared?........uh,......he outsrtuck Mia in the 4rth and the are you talking about.
J-Dog- April 12, 2010 at 6:36 am
I'm in the "if you're so damn good then show us how good you are by finishing fools quickly" camp. This isn't basketball... you're not just there to score more points and win. Fighting is supposed to be about finishing the fight and NOT leaving it up to the judges. Anderson seems scared to get beaten up. He's not aggressive and entertaining enough, and I think his placement on future cards and pay rate to show should reflect it from here on out. BOO.
fatbellyfrank- April 11, 2010 at 9:11 pm
@cloiselle, 6"2 and 170lbs? skinny little streak of shit aren't you.
2 final points, Silva's a cunt and so are you. Fuck off
831 Son- April 11, 2010 at 7:47 pm
A lot of you guys are overreacting. I am not denying that Silva could have finished Maia very early in the fight, nor am I denying that Silva was doing more dancing in the 4th and 5th than he was fighting but the first 3 rounds were pure dominance. Maia really could have done more though if he wanted that belt. Silva is still probably the best fighter in MMA but it seems as 185 is becoming very dull for him. I doubt this will happen in the next fight but haters will hate and most people will say he sucks from now on like idiots. But anyway if you fools feel the need to let Ed Soares/ Anderson know how you feel, contact them:

www(dot)blackhousemma(dot)com/contact--< replace dot with .>

Voice: Phone: (310) 598-7276
Fax: (310) 719-3997
email Ed Soares: ed@toughmediainc(dot)com
daniel.mtl- April 11, 2010 at 7:43 pm
it simple would you like to knock out a grade 6'er if you were in college, because this how it is for AS. He said he would fight in any weight that he could make it into, so why not give him those fights well because DW is businessman and thats not good for business. AS start taking out LHW and HW and also GSP (AS,GSP,CARWIN fav fightes by the way) that is bad for business. i would wanna fight and give DW what he wants either if he was throwing challengers like this at him. DW wants AS to get KO with out having to work for them and that aint AS style.
robthom- April 11, 2010 at 7:41 pm
I'm rewatching the fight right now and I agree.

silva is trying to show off and demonstate how much better he is by fooling around.

But he's still walking backwards!

He's still fighting defensively.

It was really irritating to watch him waving Meia in in the second and then back peddling everytime Meia came forward.
If your waving him in then fucking hang around when he comes to you.

If he's so good that he can afford to goof around he should at least be doing it while moving forwards.
If he's so good he should be taking more chances instead of playing it safe.
Joedirt- April 11, 2010 at 6:57 pm
I can't believe I actually agree with DW on something... WOW... he is so right.
Silva wasn't being boring on purpose, he's a counter puncher but still he's good... he is talented enough to be aggressive there is no reason he shouldn't have been.
Even RJJ in his prime was cocky and showboated with everyone he fought... but after he acted like an ass... he FOUGHT! Silva just acted like an ass the entire fight. What a dick. The man to beat him will have a boxing background. I don't think anyone will take him down, at least not easily. A good striker who knows how to deal with a counter puncher would have the best chance.
sdmiller4518- April 11, 2010 at 6:52 pm
Here's an idea for DW in making it up to the fans that payed damn near 60 dollars to watch the supposedly greatest pound for pound fighter run around the ring like a fool saving face. TAKE HIS BELT AWAY (and give me my money back)! People want to see Silva attack and not sit around then take his belt and make him fight again for it. If he's so good he should've stepped up and just ended the fight in the first 3 minutes. Plus the viewers would've been able to see the bloody fight that occured earlier which was probably more exciting than wasting 20 minutes watching Silva dance.

The GSP fight has nothing on this. GSP did everything he could to finish the fight, armbar, kamura, chokes, while Silva seemed more concerned with his hit percentage.
rlh61- April 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm
@iDestroy...I just didn't feel like that phrase summed up all the d-baggery Silva displayed, but I'll take it for a 3-word summation.
iDestroy- April 11, 2010 at 4:50 pm
Holy crap you guys are long winded today. Blah blah blah... Silvas a faggot.
AussieJosh- April 11, 2010 at 4:46 pm
I loved Silva Showboating in the first two rounds, but then he seemd to die on his ass! was his cardio out!? Nothing wrong with some entertaining showboating! But you gotta back that shit up with a KO!
Kimbos Bread- April 11, 2010 at 4:18 pm
@ Charming

Forrest was fighting Anderson while under the influence of Ludes (non-banned drug). As a result, he came out guns blazing and reckless (something he does only after 2 rounds or so). His fight wither Anderson was a humiliating one because he was being stupid, not because Anderson is a world-destroyer. If he was, he'd have put Maia away in the 1st round.
Kimbos Bread- April 11, 2010 at 4:13 pm
Maia's fight with Anderson came 2 fights too early. He was just not good enough to pose any threat in stand up (to cause an opening for submission).

Either Nate, Chael, or Vitor would have stood as much better opponents.

Goog- April 11, 2010 at 4:12 pm
I also have to say I love how Dana handled it. Not spinning it, not defending it. Just being as disgusted as some of his fans. I doubt there's anything in Silva's contract about being championship fights, so I say give him Nate Quarry and Chris Leben on the undercard somewhere and be done with that Mickey Mouse-sounding piece of poop.
Yeti Stomp- April 11, 2010 at 4:03 pm

wow, dude. you're truly awesome. the way you can get a hundred people all aligned against you in seconds like that. your commentary and analysis are peerless as well. i can see that in your opinion if joe rogan said it, then it's fucking gospel. remember that joe rogan is a comedian, a fighter, and an amateur BJJ practitioner. doesn't matter how good he is, he's not a fucking competitor, so don't get up on that horse and make an even bigger fool of yourself.

also, if you truly think that gsp is all about lay n' pray, ask matt hughes, matt serra, josh koschek, bj penn and john fitch about how much lay and pray he does. consider that bj's corner had to throw the towel in because he couldn't continue. after gsp beating the shit out of him for 4 rounds. or go and give matt serra's ribs an interview. if you call that lay n pray, then good luck with the golden gloves shit. your mentioning that just ID'd you as the douchebag who has less than 4 months training so now you think you're hard as fuck and on your way to the UFC or something.

listen up, fucko- just 'cause your mom tells you you're awesome doesn't make it so.
Charming Charlie- April 11, 2010 at 4:02 pm
Hate on you guys with 6+ posts in this thread making my comment on page 3. Telling people they are idiots and to shut the fuck up is not discussion, so why are you bothering? The people who it is intended for will only certainly reply, and for everyone else it's annoying to see.

Anderson Silva spent ten to fifteen minutes of his Championship fight auditioning for Dancing With the Stars and he still found time to mangle Maia and win the fight. Don't be angry he's planning for his retirement. The only feelings I have are humiliation for Maia and bitterness I didn't get to see more undercard fights. Watching Silva fight is a privilege I don't take for granted, nor have I forgotten how he demolished Griffin. How soon others forget.
budsellers- April 11, 2010 at 4:01 pm
all of this being right is kind of childish. there is more than a single truth in this conversation...
* ufc had reasons for hyping maia vs silva besides money, but those reasons did not include "the fans want this fight".
* the promoter is always responsible for the product he is selling.
* the challenger was not on the champion's level and the fight was never worthy of main event status.
* the challenger said it was his dream to fight for the belt and that he had nothing to lose.
* the champion said he was going to dominate and finish the fight.
* the challenger never tried to seriously engage with the champion.
* the champion never tried to seriously finish the challenger.
* the champion wasted an opportunity to show his dominance by not finishing the challenger.
* the champion questioned the challenger's martial arts background.
* the champion said he felt disrespected by the challenger and also that he does not fight to hurt people.
* the champion has the right to his considerations(eventhough it is hogwash).

all of these are true statements regarding maia vs silva at ufc 112.

however, 80% of these statements are also true about champ(gsp) and challenger(hardy) at ufc 111.
robthom- April 11, 2010 at 3:46 pm
I didn't think the fight was that bad. But then I enjoy Rashads dancing antics too.

But if UFC doesn't like it then its kinda their fault for wanting their cake and eat it too.

They want Silva as a trophy champion who's undefeated and the best 185 in the sport.

They dont want to lose that for him to challenge himself in other weight classes and possibly take a loss or be just another contender.

They need to go ahead and take him out of the mylar pouch.

I'd be satisfied just watching him have good fights @ 205 without fighting for the belt as long as Machida has it.
It would even be interesting to see how he would try to manage those fucking monsters at HW.
He'd probably be faster then them.

BTW, after watching the B-hop/RJJ fight last weekend I think that silva really might be able to beat him now. RJJ looked like shit!
MMAINMYBLOOD- April 11, 2010 at 3:31 pm
@cloiselle Please stop typing your useless shit on this site. And by the way you got busted the fuck up golden gloves...lolpfffft that shit dont work anymore son.
rlh61- April 11, 2010 at 3:30 pm

UFC had him set to fight a worthy opponent in Belfort, but he got hurt. Sonnen, by way of beating Nate, was next in line but wasn't an option either after having just fought and also having an injury. There really weren't many other options. The way I see it, if it wasn't Maia, it was a LHW or cancel the fight altogether. Since you seem to be some kind of MMA god, who would you have matched him up with? You act like Joe and DW intentionally put him in there against an inferior opponent, but that's just not the way it went down.

And for the record, no one, not even A. Silva, has the right to act like that in the ring, octogon or otherwise. It's a privledge for them to get in there, showcase thier talent and make decent money doing it. Then you make a statement claiming it's his right to act like that??

I can't believe I'm engaging in this conversation. I'm getting baited by a troll...
Lorenzoe553- April 11, 2010 at 3:22 pm
@mmainmyblood- agreed. but like i said before (compliments on marquart) great timing and accuracy. marquart wouldve been better but again he lost and maia won(shitty as it looked).
cloiselle- April 11, 2010 at 3:21 pm
go watch the fight again kids, it was over before the third round started . to qoute joe rogan " andersons a real life bruce lee " what can damian do " his accuracy is unbelievable " damians just quick enough "

you faggots need to learn what complete dominance is . gsp laying and praying isn't that shit either.

hey another rogan quote " this must be terrifying for damian maia, completely outclassed, the guysscreaming at you to do something and then hitting you literally 100 percent of the time he wants to . this is like muhammad ali going whats my name " yeah, times ten"

wait, did you guys miss that pure dominance or what ?

what the fuck were you watching again ?