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Thiago Silva Joins the MMA Bitch-Slap Hall of Fame; Jon Jones Dumps Haterade [UPDATED]

("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.)

(Kazushi Sakuraba teahches Ryan Gracie a lesson at PRIDE 12. Saku also developed the double-slap technique that Thiago Silva briefly used on Saturday.)

(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.)

(Randy Couture takes a page out of Sakuraba’s book and disciplines Tito Ortiz at UFC 44.)

(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…)

Stefan Struve Joins the Split-Lip Hall of Fame
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Bonus: Luis Cane smacks up Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. Thanks, Onan…

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PotatoFace- January 3, 2011 at 2:57 pm
don't hate girl!
LBo- January 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm
None of these are half the diss Nick Diaz pimp-slapping Lawler was
dranokills- January 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm
I find it amusing as hell that Jones ,a young unorthodox,undisciplined ,out of control fighter, is all mad about what thiago did.
Hey Jones you really need to worry about Ryan Bader knocking your goofy head off your shoulders and stop worrying so much about fighters who would whip your ass anyways, so don't talk shit you can't back up young man.
I am no fan of Jones, he either doesn't know the rules, he can't control himself from being a cheapshot artist, OR he just doesn't give a damn.
Either way Jones need to do something before he can talk about what his betters are doing.
Seoul Brother- January 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm
Goddamn, I fuckin' love you guys. No Homo.
SouthAfricanMMA- January 3, 2011 at 12:17 pm
If you don't want to be humiliated like that in a fight don't talk shit before it. If Vera was humbled by the Jones beating, he'll probably become a monk now...
Get Off Me- January 3, 2011 at 11:49 am
What's with this Thiago being a goon and shit?
Where did this come from? Any examples to back it up???
Seriously, dude has mad respect, gives out beatings and took his KO loss well, fought with a blown out back against Rashad and did not pull a Tito post fight.
He beat alexander who was jumping around mean mugging after he Ko'd Jardine and just walked towards the camera to salute his fans.
He Ko'd Jardine and pointed down at him(pointed did not Hendo or Jeremy Stephens his ass) and walked away, after all that smiling and taunting from Jardine.
Silva does not insult fans, does not insult fighters(simply says he will try to beat their ass like everyone else) and when he is in the Octagon obviously knows what he's there for and acts like it.
I don't see where Silva is this big villian, sure he grew up in the shitter and probably saw some shit, but he's in the U.S. now with his wife trying to make a better life for himself.
LAS- January 3, 2011 at 11:40 am
I don't understand how Vera always ends up looking like shit on the ground; didn't he compete at ADCC before getting in to MMA?
ghostboner- January 3, 2011 at 11:32 am
Vera is kind of like the 205lb Cheik Kongo. Exciting when the fight stays standing, and no one wants to exchange strikes with him, so once he gets taken down (1 minute into the round) you get a good break to go grab a snack. Another Kongo-like attribute, everyone hates his ass.
ghostboner- January 3, 2011 at 11:28 am
Didn't Thiago promise a knockout against Vera in his pre fight hypings? I think he did. And LAS makes a good point, that decision against Randy was pretty close. I wouldn't surprised if Vera gets one more shot.
Waxedpants- January 3, 2011 at 11:00 am
Maybe he did get ass blasted by a priest when he was a kid or something ... maybe I should be more understanding.

Cro mag- January 3, 2011 at 10:58 am
I hear ya Waxed, and don't get me wrong, I can't stand that piece of shit either.
Waxedpants- January 3, 2011 at 10:52 am
I'm not a Vera fan at all .. he's a douche. I agree we need villains that we love to hate ( brock ) but I can barely stand to look at that slime ball prick without changing the channel. If I want to see that kind of filthy gangland attitude there are always episodes of lockup raw on some channel somewhere.
Cro mag- January 3, 2011 at 10:44 am
I don't blame Thiago for being a cocksucker, that's just his nature, he probably got raped repeatedly in some Brazilian slum when he was 12 and can't let it go. It just makes it all that much sweeter to see him get his ass handed to him in the next fight. We need villains in the sport, they help sell tickets.
MMAINMYBLOOD- January 3, 2011 at 10:14 am
Man, people hatin on Thiago just because he doesnt thank the fans or what? Brandon vera.... he is a bitch should be cut from the roster as well... Jardine was a special case... he lost 7 figthts in the ufc before they cut him... had he not gotten lucky against chuck and forrest he woulda been cut a long time ago... Brandon will not get that many shots at redemption.
Imnotamoose- January 3, 2011 at 10:07 am
You forgot to mention Nick Diazs open court slap to the mouth of Robbie Lawler. That one was neat.
MKO- January 3, 2011 at 9:59 am
Where's the Rashad nut kiss slap? Bests eva
LAS- January 3, 2011 at 9:13 am
And lets not forgot, while it wasn't the worst decision ever, Vera probably should have gotten the decision against Couture. It's unfortunate he keeps losing to people who mostly end up stalling him out. But if Jardine got cut, no reason the same shouldn't happen to Vera.
831 Father- January 3, 2011 at 8:58 am
Funny how Bones is whining about honor and respect when he ALWAYS belittles his opponents during pre-fight interviews.
DangadaDang- January 3, 2011 at 8:57 am
God Damn it Bas Rutten is the funniest motherfucker to ever fight.
Get Off Me- January 3, 2011 at 8:42 am
In all fairness Vera looked better in this fight than his last outings at 205.
This means he has something to build on after he heals up, it was nice to see him let loose with some strikes, if he could have stopped takedowns or got up after being taken down he may have had a better chance against Silva.
Bottomline, Vera needs to work of takedown defense and grappling in general, Silva took a page out of Randy's book with not only the slap to the ass, but also with the "couturesque" under hook against the cage control.
My biggest problem with Vera for a while now, besides the banana hammock at the weigh ins vs. Jones, was that he stopped trying to utilize his striking in his fights and did not take any risks standing with his opponent, but he seemed to try against Silva, eventhough he lost, to me that's a big win for Vera and at least something he can take away from this fight....
cecils_pupils- January 3, 2011 at 8:07 am
I can't blame Thaigo for the open-hand slap style. I do the same when I masturbate so I don't break my hand either.
tegulevi- January 3, 2011 at 7:53 am
i gotta side with Thiago. When the fights in the bag, why break your hand? besides half of those were palm strikes... and the other half were funny as shit.
rogerw- January 3, 2011 at 7:48 am
The fight almost felt a bit homoerotic, like a scene from Oz where the Nazi rapes the newcomer and gives then him a kiss or something.
Waxedpants- January 3, 2011 at 7:22 am
Thiago is the biggest thug goon in the ufc ... mean mugging , chimpanzee posturing tough guy strutting maschismo chollo prick. I'd absolutely pay 50 bucks to watch Bones pound his arrogant gang bangin face in. Scumbag.
NomadRip- January 3, 2011 at 7:07 am
That first Bas video sure looked like a closed fist when he hit, then he opens his hand later. Maybe on hitting him, it closed, but it looks like he remembered the open hand rule after and opens it intentionally.