There’s no question Silva has established himself as one of the greatest fighters of all time through his excellence in the infamous eight-sided cage. However, he’s also 2-for-2 when it comes to refusing to publicly embrace his lackluster output in bouts with Chael Sonnen and Chris Weidman. In both cases, “The Spider” referred to his performance being affected by a bum rib, recently stating he was only 85% in a title-loss to Weidman. While he may have indeed been hurt, it’s rare to see any Mixed Martial Artist escape the injury bug’s wrath based on the physical nature of the sport, so pointing out the obvious is petty more so than understandable.
While on the surface it may seem as simple as who scores the most strikes, takedowns, and submission attempts, there are numerous other factors that go into every fight when it comes to determining the individual who eventually exits the ring with a victory in tow. How healthy was each competitor entering the clash? Were there any personal issues affecting performance? Was cheating, poor officiating, or questionable judging involved? The list goes on and on…especially when it comes to a number of UFC veterans who tend to come up with all sorts of reasons for their failures in the Octagon. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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