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Video: Anderson Silva: The Mimic Man

(Video courtesy of  YouTube/

Re-watching Anderson Silva’s puzzling performance against Demian Maia at UFC 112 last night, I was reminded of the above outtake reel from the aspiring Brazilian Rich Little’s instructional video compilation he filmed with training partner Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

In the clip, which at times seems eerily similar to the Paulo Filho-like, Bizarro World showing he had in Abu Dhabi, “The Spider” clowns on MMA luminaries like Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, and even his own training partner, Lyoto Machida.

Throughout the fight on Saturday, Silva, who had only tested his popular act on training partners in the past took advantage of the larger stage to try out his newest material. Combining Gracie’s stiff-legged stand-up, Machida’s elusive karate stylings, Kalib Starnes’ infamous running man technique and some random air guitar interludes, instead of treating fans to one of his past impressive title defenses, he instead gave them something that more closely resembled a Jim Carrey stand-up performance.

Most baffling was Silva’s relentless beckoning of Maia to engage with him, which he spent more time doing than actually engaging himself. Though referee Dan Miragliotta had the right idea by warning the middleweight champ twice in the final frame that if he continued to break the timidity rule he would dock him a point, he should have done it two rounds earlier.

Maybe the UFC could take a page out of Jason Ellis’ book and throw a remote-controlled shock collar on Silva and use Pavlovian conditioning to try to cure him of the case of douchebaggery he seemed to have caught shortly after his win over Dan Henderson.


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virpz- April 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm
The partner with AS on this video is Rafael Feijão and not Minotauro ... know ur shit u freaking nerd.
Greetings from Brasil!
dranokills- April 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm
Hey Anderson act like a monkey and fling your fucking shit on people for 5 rounds....GOOD MONKEY!
FUCK Silva.
Trufleshufle13- April 12, 2010 at 2:31 pm
no way ur the real cumonyourshit,(thatd be too good) but either way. red dragons to the whole lot of ya.
CumOnYourShit- April 12, 2010 at 1:30 pm
Red Dragons indeed
iDestroy- April 12, 2010 at 10:16 am
@ 831 son

I took your advice and called Ed Soares. It didn't give me the option of talking to Silva. I guess he was busy, cuz he didn't answer, so I left him a voice mail with my call back number. I guess you can quit posting that on every thread that has to do with Silva now.
DangadaDang- April 12, 2010 at 10:13 am
If Anderson's performance the other night proved his dominance, than I'd like the Power rankings to place Kalib starnes at #1 pound for pound
failingev0lution- April 12, 2010 at 10:09 am
Dear CP guys,

Please, post more links to Silva gifs & jpegs from this fight. The air guitar is pretty great, but there are 5 rounds of comedy gold to work with here! Even better idea - have a competition for CP readers to create the funniest and/or most bizarre.
The Hammer- April 12, 2010 at 9:47 am
Maybe the ufc should court moussasi more get him back at middleweight so he can give silva a real fight on the feet that being said what the heck is silva doing your job is to fight not play games if it really was that easy for you to put him away then just griffin him and get your check/bonus check and talk about how you deserve better after a 1st round destruction!!! Or if your looking to actually test your skills hit the ground with maia he gave you plenty of opportunity for that to!!! People need to stop giving him any excuses for that disgraceful performance!!!

And by the way this was the perfect event to convert more boxing fans after that rjj vs hopkins and paquiao vs clottey nonsense thanks for screwin the pooch on that one silva!!!
831 Son- April 12, 2010 at 9:15 am
Feel like expressing your opinions directly to Ed Soares or Anderson? Well, fucking do it already:

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
cecils_pupils- April 12, 2010 at 8:47 am
Anderson Silva vs. Brock Lesnar for the UFC open-weight douchebag championship.
DangadaDang- April 12, 2010 at 8:19 am
I've said it before and will say it again, give Anderson Scott Smith
NOTSOB- April 12, 2010 at 6:54 am
I think the Penn - edgar fight blew chunks, i dunno why penn wasnt agressive at all against this little man who wasnt even that great to begin with, i bet he cant even beat guida. edgar is gonna have a short reign cuz hes too small and his punches are weak sauce.
As for the silva fight, hes good, but come on, if ur that good take him out in a round and then u can dance all u want. this isnt americas best clowning around u hoe. u came to do ur job and thats too fight and finish it. who cares if maia wasnt the perfect match.... just take him out and call it a day.
ReX13- April 12, 2010 at 6:52 am
**resisting the urge to make a "this is sparta" joke.**

TsaiFist- April 12, 2010 at 6:41 am
what the fuck is this shit?
Bubbaduncan- April 12, 2010 at 6:24 am
ReX13- April 12, 2010 at 6:22 am
My thoughts, briefly:

Anyone comparing Silva's performance this weekend with GSP's bout against Hardy is either willfully ignorant, or they are riding the Spider's nuts hard enough to get saddle sores.


Please, Obi Wan, Vitor Belfort, you're our only hope.


Sure, Dana White does questionable things that affect his popularity. But he shows integrity when he says what he's really thinking, and when he agrees with the fans, they love him for it. Dumping the belt off with Soares and walking out on a bout was ballsy, kinda asshole-ish....and 100% awesome.


Can't believe Sully is the first one to want yellow cards; i agree.


It is a comment on BJ Penn's popularity that more people aren't upset about a controversial decision. Will Penn take time off to reassess and recharge, or will he want to go back to work immediately? As much as i dislike Penn, he deserves an immediate rematch if he wants it.


I'm interested to see how Joe Silva handles the matchmaking for 155 now. Maynard-Florian was looking likely for Boston in August, but now everything is up in the air.


How much longer will the Gracie name be magic in MMA?
(Hint: "Kyra Gracie" > "Abracadabra".)


How about some StrikeForce to wash that taste out?

SofaKingNyce- April 12, 2010 at 6:14 am
Bone Jones is one of my favorite fighters as of now.

as others said before, Silva vs. Bones would be a perfect fight for him.
Badger- April 12, 2010 at 6:08 am
J4f3tp - people keep mentioning a Silva fighting Lesnar or Fedor because Silva said he wants to test himself in all divisions.

Yeah, Silva is more talented than anyone in middleweight right now, but Silva is a paid entertainer. Being good shouldn't give him the freedom to forego his role as an entertainer. I don't need a bush-league slug fest to be a happy fan, I like watching fights that stay on the ground. But, I do expect to see a guy like Silva end fights. Instead, Silva ran around and avoided the fight for 3 rounds.
Horror Fighter- April 12, 2010 at 6:02 am
Thanks for reposting. I thought of this video after Saturday's fight. Maybe the guy thinks he's funnier than he actually is. That's what happens when you are surrounded by people who laugh at all your jokes...

As for anyone who thinks Silva's performance was his way of showing his vast superiority...know another way to show your superiority? Finishing a guy you think you outclass. Fans would have been happier with a short Griffin-style beating than 25 minutes of showboating nonsense.

Can't wait for tape five in Anderson's video series: Jackass Moves for MMA.
GEE-yuh-TEEN- April 12, 2010 at 5:57 am
I thought the matchup was lame. From a spectator's perspective, it wasn't entertaining after round 2. From a fighter's perspective, he clearly showed he's a badass and won the fight without a blemish.
jimbonics- April 12, 2010 at 5:49 am
As far as impersonations go though, the video of his training with Nog prior to the Couture fight and him emulating Couture was pretty freaky. No denying the fuckwad has talent. Too bad he's a fuckwad.
jimbonics- April 12, 2010 at 5:48 am
Fuck him and his 'performance'. That shit doesn't belong in martial arts. Worst shit I've ever seen from anyone in a cage, even worse than asshole Gracies.
agentsmith- April 12, 2010 at 5:43 am
I think the funniest part by far was how even Dan Miragliotta didn't hide his disgust during the official announcement. He held Silva's hand up for maybe half a second, literally, then immediately turned and walked away. I LOL'd.
J4f3tp- April 12, 2010 at 5:28 am
I find it funny how people on this page keep talking about how Silva wouldn't be able to mock Fedor or Lesnar. Silva is a middle weight fighter, he weighs at least 40 pounds less than either of these men. What makes you think any of these matches will ever take place!? In other words, stop saying stupid crap. Boring or not Silva is a great fighter and he just wanted to play it safe. Quite frankly, i would be more upset if Dana made Silva defend his title in a non-televised preliminary fight. You want to see change than find someone in his weight class who can measure up!!!
beefwatson- April 12, 2010 at 5:16 am
yeah this video is great,

if you've seen this prior to the Maia fight then maybe you, like me , noticed that he may have done his impression of Machida DURING his fight with maia