In what could easily be considered a strong front runner in the “Worst Fight of the Year” department, UFC middleweight title holder Anderson “The Spider” Silva managed to do just enough to escape an extremely lackluster bout against submission specialist Demian Maia with his championship intact.
The terrible excuse for a title fight took place during UFC 112 from the Concert Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Things didn’t start out as hard to watch as they ended up, as Silva came into the fight looking ultra-confident while appearing to be toying with his prey for the first couple of rounds. However, there was no point in the bout where the defending champion seemed concerned with actually putting and end to the decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.
The final two rounds saw Maia chasing Silva around the Octagon in a puzzling affair that had mixed martial arts fans in Abu Dhabi and worldwide banging their heads against the wall in utter frustration.
It truly appeared like Silva was consciously attempting to insure that he made it to a full five round decision victory. The reasoning behind NOT wanting to win via any other way outside of a decision in a bout most would bet to finish early seems questionable at best.
When it was all said and done, it was Silva retaining his title. Suspiciously, no scoring of the bout was read with the original ruling.
“Demian actually surprised me with some of his punches,” said Silva following the bout via his interpreter Ed Soares.
“I’m sorry. I don’t know what got into me.”
The victory was the sixth defense of the UFC middleweight championship for Silva, and the third fight many would describe as “hard to watch” in his last four.
Maia has now lost two of his previous three after going on a five-fight run with the UFC.