[ads1]Former UFC Middleweight Champ Anderson Silva (man it feels weird to type those words) was recently on Brazilian talk show Agora É Tarde, hosted by Danilo Gentili, and discussed in detail his loss to Chris Weidman and what exactly went wrong. He also addressed the tremendous pressure he has been under, what he thinks about people who say the fight was fixed and much much more. The interview is 23 minutes long and covers the gamut.
Anderson explained the mistakes he made in the Octagon against Weidman and described what went wrong technically:
“Unfortunately, it was a mistake and I paid a high price for it. It was a technical mistake, but it shouldn’t have happened…but happened. The truth is…the charge that people put on me due to my previous performances was tremendous. So…in this way when you make a mistake people just don’t understand. It was an unintentional thing. I’ve never said that I was the best in the world or that I was unbeatable.”
“I stood with my legs parallel when I had to do a step back instead to dodge the punch that KO’d me. Anyways, it was a sequence of events that led me to what happened. All the pre-fight tension and that feeling that makes you want to explode during the fight…During the round breaks, I always go back to my corner. But this time, I didn’t come back to my cornermen.”
“I came back to argue with Weidman, asking him to keep the fight on the feet, saying, ‘let’s strike, let’s give a good show,’ when actually I needed to come back to my corner, to get some instructions. I shouldn’t have been there, discussing with Weidman. I should have calmed down to receive the instructions in order to do the right things in the second round. And I didn’t do that. So I think I was out of control, lost my temper a little bit.”