At UFC 153, fans mobbed then UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva like he was the pope on a rock tour.
However, at Sunday’s UFC 168 media gathering in Sao Paulo, UFC president Dana White said that is no longer the case.
“I was kind of feeling for him coming into Brazil, he was getting a lot of criticism coming here,” said White. “This is his country. He’s been f------ fighting for this country forever. He goes out and he loses one fight, the way that it went down, and like everybody turns on you.
“In one fight? After all the things he’s done and all the things he’s accomplished?”
“I’m sure it’s tough to deal with, but he’s handled it like a champ. You don’t ever see Anderson Silva snap or flip out on people. I do, daily, but you don’t see him do it. He always composes himself like a champion and a good dude.”