Brazilian Jiu jitsu star Demian Maia fought manic striker Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight championship Saturday night at “UFC 112: Invincible”. Thanks to Silva, who displayed strange and disrespectful behavior in the cage before stopping all attempts at offense in the later rounds, the fight turned into an odd and embarrassing spectacle. Despite Silva’s antics, Maia kept his focus on what he was there to do: fight. In an interview posted on UFC.com, Maia spoke about his and the champion’s performances that night.
“In the first two rounds I didn’t do well,” said Maia “But then in the last two rounds I did well. I went to fight and he was running around. But it’s okay, it was his game. I knew he was going to do that. But I landed some punches, he landed many punches on me. That’s it. It’s a war and I will be ready to do it again.”
Maia also addressed Silva’s in-cage mockery.
“He was very disrespectful to me,” said Maia. “But it’s no problem. It’s his way. After the fight he apologized but I don’t think it’s right to do this during the fight. You know, he was swearing to me in the middle of the fight.”
Silva’s attempt to clown Maia apparently has not ruffled his feathers too badly as the Brazilian vows to return and challenge for the belt again.
“It’s okay,” he said. “He’s the best in the world and I will be training to fight against him again.”
Maia deserves respect for not allowing Silva’s antics to completely shut him down. He stuck in there until the end of the fight and did his best to hurt Silva, despite repeatedly coming up short. He showed that his chin is not made of glass (a sentiment felt widely after he succumbed to a quick and ugly knockout at the hands of Nate Marquardt a couple of fights ago) and he proved, if anyone was doubting, that he has the heart of a warrior. Maia should not be docked because of this fight; he constantly pursued victory and he should still be considered among the top of the middleweight division.