"If Muhammad Ali came up saying I wasnít humble, then Iíd 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, itís part of the show"
Still, he acknowledges that he made mistakes.
His longtime coach Cesario Bezerra, speaking in a separate interview with Globo, alluded to issues with focus that dated back to his time in training camp.
"He regrets it, lost his focus," Bezerra said. "He apologized, but itís done. The important [thing] is that he has a chance to do it all over again. We lost three months. Anderson is complicated, there are too many things around him. We recently had a problem in the gym and I told him: ĎAnderson, your job is with the hands, legs. Donít listen to those people, youíre not a Hollywood star. Donít forget where you come from, things youíve been through. Youíre the UFC champion. Youíre the star inside there, but here you need to be a simple man. That good and humble man. I donít understand whatís happening to you.' Iím one of his oldest coaches here in Rio, so he listens to me. He answered me: ĎDo you think so, master?í And I said: ĎOf course. It wasnít nice. I donít know what youíre doing, but youíre letting success come to your head, losing humility.' He got upset when I said that, but he later recognized."
Bezerra said even in Silva's corner on fight night, his team tried to wake him up, "scolding" him on one occasion, but there was a sense that Silva knew exactly what he was doing, and that he would emerge victorious as he always had.
After he lost, though, he admitted that he struggled, and that he couldn't hit Weidman. At least part of the problem, in Bezerra's mind, is too many cooks in the kitchen; as many as 40 coaches for various things. That means too much information and not enough focus. But he said, that is how Silva likes it.
"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 thatís the worst loss. Losing by knockout shakes you, [it] will be in history, but will leave a lesson."
Silva also seemed annoyed by rumors of a fix, saying no true fan would ever suggest such a thing given his respect for the sport's fans and for Brazil. In December, he plans to show the win was just a harsh lesson. One day, the 38-year-old "Spider" will fight no more. But for now, he has designs on proving he is still the best.
Bezerra certainly thinks he'll prove that, guaranteeing "100 percent" that Silva will get the belt back, and that if his charge fights seriously, he'll finish Weidman inside of two rounds.
"Everybody has to retire, but itís not my time yet," Silva said. "Iíll get a rematch. Chris gave me this opportunity and weíre fighting again. Thatís another chance to overcome, reinvent myself as a person and athlete."