“[Anderson Silva] was very disrespectful to me but no problem, it’s his way. After the fight he said he apologized but I don’t think it’s right for him to do that during the fight. He was swearing to me in the middle of the fight. It’s his way, it’s OK, he’s the best in the world, and I want to get ready to fight against him again…I do want to say sorry that it took me so long to get in the fight. I never fought five rounds before so I was trying to hold down a little in the first few rounds but then after I got hit, the motion of the fight, I started to fight better but he was winning already.”

—Demian Maia talking to UFC.com, via MMA Fighting, following his title fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 112

The word “disrespectful” has been used quite a bit to describe Anderson Silva’s behavior in all the post-fight reactions. Clearly, Demian Maia saw it that way too, but despite telling the crowd he didn’t know what got into him immediately following the fight, Silva seemed to know exactly why he acted up moments later at the post-fight press conference. Demian Maia disrespected him with his pre-fight comments. As CagePotato points out, those mainly consisted of Maia praising Silva as “the best fighter in the world,” but apparently it was the threat of taking one of The Spider’s eight limbs that got under Silva’s skin. Not exactly anything outside the realm of your standard-issue pre-fight hype. Still, excuse or not, it’s the story that Silva is sticking to as Ed Soares shares below.

At least as far as Soares is concerned, they had their talk with a furious Dana White in Abu Dhabi and everything is fine now. They explained their side, Dana gave his, and now it’s time to move on to the next one.

Who that next one will be is still a question mark, but one fighter who’s already clamoring for the shot at Anderson is Vitor Belfort.

“Guys I am very sad that I was unable to not be fighting with Anderson. But Demian show a lots of respect and did good but now is my turn,” former light-heavyweight champion Belfort wrote. “Dana make this fight happen please… Lorenzo make this happen please, I want to fight Anderson.”

Shortly afterwards Belfort hit Twitter again to send another message to White, “Dana make this happen for me and all the fans.”

Belfort, who withdrew from the UFC 112 main event to have shoulder surgery, expects to be ready to step back in the Octagon sometime between August and October.

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