What hasn't already been said about Anderson Silva's pathetic performance at UFC 112 this past weekend? The guy who many claim, including UFC President Dana White, to be the pound for pound best fighter in the world put on a show that fight fans will remember for a long, long time.â†µ
And for all the wrong reasons.
The UFC 112 main event was so self-damaging for Silva in fact that his own boss, Dana White, couldn't defend it. The UFC's color commentator Joe Rogan wasn't amused. Not to mention a chorus of MMA media members who found the middleweight champ's putrid display to be nothing short of shameful.â†µ
But would you believe that Silva even managed to anger fans from his native country of Brazil?â†µ
Fighters Only has an interesting story about how Brazilians are so appalled by what Silva did, and said, in the cage that the champ is losing fans in droves.â†µ
Anderson Silva is facing a backlash from fans in his native Brazil after ringside microphones for the UFC 112 broadcast of his fight with Demian Maia apparently picked up Silva taunting his opponent in Portuguese, using terms which are considered very offensive in Brazil. Portuguese-language MMA forums have been abuzz with discussion over the insults Silva leveled at Maia at points in the fight. The end of the second round is when he is said to have been most offensive, allegedly telling Maia "Bate na minha cara playboy" ("Come on, hit me in the face playboy.")â†µ
Odd as it sounds, ‘playboy' is a serious insult in Brazil when leveled at certain targets. The stark class and economic divides in Brazil make for a wide gulf in status between the rich and poor. In Brazilian terms, a playboy is a hedonist rich kid, the product of a pampered upbringing who cares little for the poor and knows nothing of real life. According to the general tone on the major Brazilian MMA forums right now, Anderson has surprised and upset many of his fans with his comments.â†µ
Let's face it, Silva really did a number on his image with this one. Dana White even went so far in the post-fight press conference as to suggest that Anderson may be the first champion to fight on the prelims. While that may have been a bit of an exaggeration, you can bet on the fact that the next time he fights, it surely won't be in the main event.â†µ
A fact that will be well-deserved.