After getting knocked out cold by Chris Weidman at UFC 162 and losing the UFC Middleweight Championship, many pointed their fingers at Anderson Silva and claimed his in-cage antics were the cause of his loss.
With his hands down by his waist, Silva ate multiple shots from Weidman which lead to the end of his long reign as Champ.
Silva spoke about the accusations this week and explained his side of things:
“If Muhammad Ali came up saying I wasn’t humble, then I’d think if I was humble or not,” he said in a Sunday interview on Brazil’s Globo TV. “There was no lack of respect. I respect everybody. All the provocation, hands down… It should continue, it’s part of the show”
“Nobody likes to lose,” Silva said. “I train four months to win. But you end [up] learning with your mistakes, and I learned the worst way possible. After everything that happened, we calm down and I realized I had something to question, even question Anderson Silva. I lost to myself, and that’s the worst loss. Losing by knockout shakes you, [it] will be in history, but will leave a lesson.”
“Everybody has to retire, but it’s not my time yet,” Silva said. “I’ll get a rematch. Chris gave me this opportunity and we’re fighting again. That’s another chance to overcome, reinvent myself as a person and athlete.”