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Silva and White clear the air after UFC 112 madness

April 20, 2010   ·   0 Comments

Anderson Silva’s manager Ed Soares has revealed clear-the-air talks were held with Dana White after UFC 112, and the reigning middleweight champion is now preparing for his next fight inside the Octagon.

White accused Silva of being responsible for “his lowest moment” connected to the UFC, and the UFC president did not even present the Brazilian with his belt after Silva’s disrespectful victory over Demian Maia. Rounds three, four and five saw the champion mock Maia in front of the Abu Dhabi crowd, preferring to embarrass the Jiu-Jitsu specialist rather than finish the fight.

In the aftermath of the event, certain MMA critics suggested Silva should be stripped of his belt, but Soares has confirmed there will be no punishment for his enigmatic charge.

“Anderson and I spoke with Dana last night, he gave his point of view and everything is fine,” Soares told kimura.se. “We’re sorry, we explained our side of things, Dana made his points, and we have full respect for Dana, Lorenzo [Fertitta] and everybody at Zuffa.

“It’s unfortunate it happened but we spoke with them and now we’re going to put the gameplan together for the next fight.”

Both Soares and Silva have revealed the motivation behind the Muay Thai dangerman’s antics in Abu Dhabi, where he taunted Maia by dropping his hands and kneeling on the deck. Maia’s promise to “take one of Silva’s arms with me” had enraged the middleweight king, who made no secret of the fact he planned to embarrass his opponent.

“I came here well trained, but Demian disrespected me, not as a person, but he disrespected me as a fighter,” explained Silva. “I take that very seriously. I came here to do my job and that was to beat him up and punish him and that’s exactly what I did. Unfortunately everyone wasn’t pleased, but that’s what I came here to do.”

Soares confirmed that Silva had revenge on his mind against Maia, although he did also reveal that the champion struggled to find his distance at the midway point of the fight. Future opponents Vitor Belfort and Georges St-Pierre will be intrigued to hear Soares’s words.

“He was saying here’s my legs, here’s my arms, why don’t you come and take one?” Soares said.

“Anderson did say that after the third round he couldn’t find the distance. He said ‘Ed, I swear I was trying to finish the fight’. He said he couldn’t find his distance, he couldn’t put his combinations together, and you can see that when you watch the fight back. It wasn’t clicking.

“I can tell you he won’t make those errors again.”

Source ESPN


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