Former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva was a force to be reckoned with inside the UFC’s octagon but at UFC 162 he looked human while being knocked out by new champ, Chris Weidman.
Silva was a guest Brazilian radio show “Mundo da Luta” this week and explained his initial reaction to turn down a rematch as well as what he felt happened in the fight:
“I was so sad with myself, with my lack of control on the moment, that I said some words that weren’t nice,” said Silva. “I said that I wouldn’t fight for the title. But after I signed the contract (earlier in the year), Dana told me that he would give [me a rematch if I had lost the belt]. I was so out of myself that I didn’t think about it.”
“I lost my focus and made a technical mistake. It was one of the things that I left – the philosophy of the martial art –and it cost me the belt. I always fought with this felling of keeping the martial art philosophy and keeping the control of the situation – trying to be as calm as possible for me to keep the balance of the octagon, which is very hard to do.”
“The criticism is valid, but I’m human,” he said. “I made a technical mistake, and it was good for me and for the people around me to learn. I had to be able to know that focus is always needed. I lost focus, and now I will get better.”