Clearly there hasn’t been anywhere near the amount of smack talking between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman, heading into UFC 162 next week, compared to how much went down with Silva and Chael Sonnen (especially for bout II). Sure, Weidman seemed pretty irked by the fact that Silva’s representatives didn’t seem interested in fighting him, and by more recent “super fight” talk, but other than that the fighter’s have been pretty respectful.
Recently, however, Weidman’s jiu-jitsu instructor Renzo Gracie, relayed in an interview with the Fight Network that Silva doesn’t act the same way in the cage as he does outside of it. More specifically, the renowned grappler argued (quote via MMA Mania.com):
“Anderson is a guy that rubs many people the wrong way. He’s not a humble guy. Even though he may speak humbly when he talks, when he’s in the ring he doesn’t act humble. He puts down his opponents. He acts in a way that again, we always know what is right and wrong, and by looking at that, we know it’s wrong. It’s like you can beat your opponent, but do it with respect.”
Silva caught a ton of flack and criticism for the way he acted during his UFC 112 bout with Demian Maia, and detractors have argued that he showboated versus Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin, but since those fights ended in mind blowing stoppages, most fans didn’t seem to mind.
Whether you think Gracie’s accusations are accurate or not, chances are Silva will be all about business next Saturday versus Chris Weidman. The legendary fighter likely understands he doesn’t want to mess around against a high level wrestler, who has nothing really to lose in the fight.
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