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UFC 112 live results: Silva vs. Maia

Posted on: April 10, 2010 3:20 pm
Edited on: April 11, 2010 11:49 am
 

Time for the middleweight title fight: Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia.

Silva looks more confident than ever coming to the Octagon. Nothing fazes this guy. They keep showing Georges St. Pierre at cageside and teasing that he's interested in this fight. I guess they're setting up Silva vs. St-Pierre after all.

But first, Silva vs. Maia...

Round 1: Maia stalking forward cautiously as Silva waits for his opening. Silva with a side kick to the shin. Interesting. Silva with an outside leg kick that spins Maia around on his feet. Silva head fakes a strike and Maia leaps backward, covering half the distance of the Octagon.

Silva begins clowning, crouching down into a sprinter's starting position and sticking his chin out. Leg kick by Silva. And another. Maia doesn't want to move forward, but that's keeping him from throwing anything, too. Silva starts doing a side-to-side head shimmy, mocking Maia, then throws a short fist. Maia tries to pull guard and Silva escapes.

Silva hits Maia with a flying knee to the head, and Maia goes down. Silva won't go into Maia's guard, wisely. He starts kicking Maia in the hands, dangerously close to kicking him in the face while he's down. The referee stands Maia up. Silva still mocking Maia and toying with him. 10-9 Silva.

Round 2:
Silva with a jab and some more mockery. Silva with an ouside leg kick that puts Maia down. Silva stuffs a takedown and throws a huge kick at Maia while he's down, just missing his head. (Which would be extremely illegal, if he connected.) Silva now mocking Maia again and the crowd cheers him for it. Silva standing with his hands on his hips, then at his waist. He punches the canvas, frustrated. Maia swings, Silva dodges.

Silva just following Maia around the cage and talking trash at him. Jab by Silva. The round ends. If I could deduct a point from Silva for being an idiot, I would. But I can't. 10-9 Silva.

Round 3: Teep kick by Silva. Maia's face is bleeding. Outside leg kick by Silva. Inside leg kick by Silva. Maia is taking these leg kicks but he's not giving much back, other than the occasional missed jab. At this point, if I'm Maia, I just shoot for takedowns or get knocked out trying. Maia misses a jab, Silva with a leg kick. He misses again, and Silva kicks his leg again, and then mocks him by doing some ugly-looking jig.

Silva will chop Maia down and Maia will stay there, but Silva lets him up. It's basically a public shaming at this point. 10-9 Silva.

Round 4: More of the same. Silva is not attacking, just dancing around and making fun of the fact that Maia can't do anything to stop him. Maia is trying, but he's way out of his league, demoralized, and unable to force anything. The crowd in Abu Dhabi is cheering for GSP, which says it all.

Maia gets frustrated and waves Silva on. Silva answers by waving him forward. The crowd cheers for Maia. The round ends. Screw it -- 10-9 Maia, because at least he was moving.

Round 5: Embarrassing lack of class from a guy who should be one of the UFC's embassadors. Maia is looking for takedowns. Silva dodges one attempt. Maia has one eye closed from swelling. Leg kick by Silva, and Maia erupts with fists and kicks. He goes down and keeps swinging from his knees. The crowd goes nuts cheering him on. Silva laughs at him.

Maia swings, Silva ducks. Silva with a spinning back kick. Silva is just walking in circles. Silva misses a jab as Maia clings to a leg for a takedown attempt. Silva slips out. Side kick to the shin by Silva, followed by more jogging in circles. Referee Dan Miragliotta stops the fight to tell Silva if he keeps running around he's going to deduct a point, and the crowd cheers him for it.

Silva finally stands in front of Maia, but there's very little time left. He dodges a few strikes, and the buzzer sounds. The crowd erupts in a large "Maia, Maia" chant.

Winner: Anderson Silva defeats Demian Maia via unanimous decision after five rounds to retain the UFC middleweight title.

Silva is still every bit as good as advertised, but his complete disrespect of his opponents -- in a sport where the fighters pride themselves in respecting martial arts -- is growing tiresome. He apologized (through the interpretation of Ed Soares) afterward, but I don't buy it. Not when it's happened for several consecutive fights.

Reports from Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports are that Dana White threw down the middleweight title belt and stormed off. White apparently also had words with Ed Soares during the fight and did not strap the belt onto Silva after his win.

Silva is still one of the best fighters in the world. But somehow, even in winning, he finds a way to turn himself into a disgrace. His behavior won't help the UFC win any new fans. His ability would. But in order for that to happen, he needs to start dismantling guys the way he did early in his reign.

If you want to prove your opponent is terrible, do it by destroying him. Then, shake his hand afterward for being honorable enough to step into the cage and give it his best shot. To mock a man for trying, and to be the bully that nobody can shut up, is not being a great representative for MMA.

And that is part of being a champion. You have to represent your sport, particularly when it's fighting to maintain credibility as critics look for any chance to write it off. Silva's got the fighting game down pat. But if he wants to mock someone for being subpar, he should start by going home, looking in the mirror, and thinking about what it means to be a champion of honor.

In going out of his way to point out how shameful Maia was, Silva shamed himself and the UFC. It sounds like Dana White might agree with me on that one.




Comments

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2010 1:24 pm
 

UFC 112 live results: Silva vs. Maia

Could the reason why Silva act the way he does is because the poor guy is scared?

Or maybe that's Silva's style... get his opponent frustrated and allow the emotions kick in on his opponent then Silva does his thing and knocked em out.



Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2010 8:38 pm
 

UFC 112 live results: Silva vs. Maia

Dayna White has threatened to cut Silva if he keeps up his antics in the ring.While i agree Silva has showed poor sportanship, i think White should talk to him and try to curtail his antics.The UFC fans definately want to see a St Pierre Silva fight and it would probably set pay per view records as well.White is a genius and has built the ufc into a money making machine, and i cant see him letting the one of the best pound for pound fighters go.I hope for mma fans we get to see the match-up we want.St Pierre vs Silva.



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2010 2:54 am
 

UFC 112 live results: Silva vs. Maia

The best way to stop Silva from clowning his opponents? Dana White needs to match him against somebody who can fight. Stop putting a parade on clowns into the the Octatgon with the great Anderson Silva.



Since: Feb 26, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2010 12:54 am
 

UFC 112 live results: Silva vs. Maia

Dana White Needs quit putting fighters in there with the Spider whos not even close to his class.Silva could finished him anytime he wanted to just look like he got tired of beating this guy up!



Since: Apr 12, 2010
Posted on: April 12, 2010 11:43 am
 

UFC 112 live results: Silva vs. Maia

Everyone should stop watching Silva fight. Bleed him dry out of money and he will learn to behave and fight like a man. Running around in the ring and taunting like monkey. Feel like I'm watching WWF wrestling on pay per view atleast I know its fake. I'm totally disgusted by this fight and will never going to watch his fight ever again. He totaly lost my respect. They should give the title to maia.



Since: Apr 12, 2010
Posted on: April 12, 2010 11:40 am
 

UFC 112 live results: Silva vs. Maia

Everyone should stop watching Silva fight. Bleed him dry out of money and he will learn to behave and fight like a man. Running around in the ring and taunting like monkey. Feel like I'm watching WWF wrestling on pay per view atleast I know its fake. I'm totally disgusted by this fight and will never going to watch his fight ever again. He totaly lost my respect. They should give the title to maia.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2010 5:31 am
 

UFC 112 live results: Silva vs. Maia

I guarantee you that GSP will not beat Anderson Silva. You do not want a focused and determined Anderson Silva in the octagon. That is exactly what GSP will get and when he makes him look like a peasant then you Silva haters will be back again with the same sad song. Silva is flamboyant, so what, he backs it up. He has to add some entertainment to his fights with worthless competition standing in front of him for every appearance. Then he has to apologize after every fight because his opponents are afraid to take a risk because they know they will either catch a strike or kick to the side of head, so can you really blame them for being so passive. Why does he need to get on the ground when he can defeat his opponent standing up. Why does he need to prove a point to you, who are you?...lol  Greatness will always laugh in the face of doubters.



Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: April 11, 2010 3:33 am
 

UFC 112 live results: Silva vs. Maia

Silva was a disgrace throughout this fight....I understand that he felt Maia was not a challenge and I think all of us would agree with that assessment.  However, his prima donna antics are tiresome.  I agree with Penn's statement - good fighter's win all five rounds, great fighters finish their opponent...Based on Silva's fight, he has now become a "good" fighter in my mind until he shows us the old Anderson Silva.  At the end of the fight, he actually lost some of the exchanges to Maia which shows that a better fighter (GSP) might be able to exploit Silva's weaknesses.  He should have finished this fight and in not doing so showed us what Dana created - a prima donna who is afraid to mix it up.  He definitely drops a few spots in the rankings in my opinion.  I would like to see him fight a vicious ground opponent in his next fight to see if he can actually fight on the ground.

That being said....It took 4 full rounds of being clowned and punked for Maia to show any type of fight...I am equally disappointed in him.  He should have gone all out and he didn't...He didn't take any risk and thus, didn't reap any rewards.  He had his chance and failed to perform at all until the 5th round.

I am disappointed in the performance of both these fighters.  One last note - Dana needs to put real obstacles in the way of these champions even if that means he has to go spend some money to bring in talent that can stand up (Jake Shields comes to mind if he gets past Hendo).



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: April 11, 2010 3:25 am
 

UFC 112 live results: Silva vs. Maia

The clowns are the undeserving contenders that Dana White keeps putting in the octagon with Anderson Silva. 99% of his opponents don't engage because they know how technical he is. Silva is not going to run into the ring and start banging with someone to excite the fans, that is not his style. Silva is a counter attacker, so he plays off the mistakes you make. I hate when two people get into the octagon and throw haymakers at each other for 90secs with no gameplan or strategy. Sure the casual fans love it but when your career is over after 3 defeats from technical KOs, you will look back on your career and see how much of an idiot you are. Just like the old cliche we heard a million times....Offense wins games, Defense wins championships. Strikers wins fans, Silva wins championship. Love him or hate him, he is the best so deal with it.




Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: April 11, 2010 3:03 am
 

Silva exposes Dana White foolishness

Dana White keeps matching his greatest fighter against a pathetic parade of piece of crap fighters. Does Dana expect Silva to pretend he is fighting legit opponents. These so-called fights are a sham. Silva has the integrity to expose his bouts for the bogus matches that they are.


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