("Look, Brandon, I’m sorry. If you take your hand away, I promise I won’t slap you in the face again." / Photo courtesy of MMAFighting)
UPDATE: A clip of Silva playing Vera like a bongo has been added to the end of this post…check it out while it lasts.
The third round of Thiago Silva vs. Brandon Vera at UFC 125 represented one of the most humiliating beat-downs in recent MMA history, as Silva seemingly got tired of punching Vera about midway through the round and just started slapping him in the face until the fight was over. With Vera’s job likely on the line that night, it was the worst possible final impression to leave with his bosses — as if that mangled schnozz wasn’t enough.
After the fight, top light-heavyweight contender Jon Jones fired up Twitter and posted the following: "Wow that slapping was so disrespectful.. id love to give him a slap in the face…Dominating someone in a fight is 1 thing, looking to simply humiliate them is another..Traditional martial artist always seemed to show honor and respect.. Anyways what’s done is done, I’m headed to the gym to make sure nothing like that ever happens to me."
We say: Eff the haters, Thiago. You’ve just joined a very select group of MMA fighters who have demonstrated their dominance through slapping and spanking. The other members of the MMA Bitch-Slap Hall of Fame are after the jump…
(Fabricio Werdum nearly slaps Andrei Arlovski‘s beard off at UFC 70.)
(Antonio Inoki slaps the piss out of Lyoto Machida after the Dragon’s pro debut in 2003. As the story goes, it’s Inoki’s way of saying "congratulations," but Machida had no idea it was going to happen.)
(Bas Rutten lands the loudest backhand in Pancrase history against Frank Shamrock. Later, Shamrock pays him back, though in a laughably pussy sort of way.)
(And the moment you’ve all been waiting for…)