Galvao: Anderson Silva was relieved after the loss


The post fight buzz on Anderson Silva losing hit title to Chris Weidman exceeds that of any other event in memory. The latest news comes from Brazil's Tatame, via google translate.

When Matt Hughes lost his title to BJ Penn in January of 2004 at UFC 46: Super Natural, he smiled in the ring afterwards. It is extraordinarily hard to win a world championship, but even harder still to keep it. The loss relieved Hughes of a pressure so few can truly understand, that comes with being a great champion in a combat sport.

Two time world BJJ champion Andre Galvao, a Team Nogueira teammate of Anderson Silva, said The Spider was relieved after the loss to Weidman.

"On the one hand this defeat was good for him," said Galvao. "He always won the fights, even when they had everything to lose. So, I think he will take a lesson from it all. When the fight ended, he came to himself. He was relieved to have taken that pressure off his back. But the record took a fall and when he fell, he became very sad and apologized for the whole team."

Galvao said further, that Silva was considering retirement before the Weidman fight.

"He became a celebrity, everyone knows who he is, had no peace anywhere," said Galvao. "He was tired. Win or lose, he was considering retiring, but I think this defeat will bring him more motivation to keep fighting."

Galvao also said the loss held lessons.

"Never underestimate opponents, regardless of who, we have to stay focused," said Galvao. "Anderson had a lot of pressure on him, always having to show that he is the best. After the fight he said he lost focus, he lost his emotional balance."

"There was a lack of humility. He lost his emotional balance. He is very confident and believed in himself... But this defeat humanized Anderson. Everyone thought he was a God who could win any time he wanted... This proves that no one is invincible. If he got a knockout doing that, everyone would be saying now that he is a genius, an unbeatable phenomenon."

"When he fights now, the weight is off, he'll fights looser, more comfortable, and does not have the pressure of having to defend the belt."

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Mertvaya Ruka site profile image  

7/13/13 12:35 PM by Mertvaya Ruka

well well well, I said the same thing after the fight and was voted down like some could see after the 1st his corner was concerned cos they saw him lose it in there.

Devlin site profile image  

7/13/13 12:12 PM by Devlin

He also quit lifting weights in 2009 and had begun losing in sambo.

MMA Lives Here site profile image  

7/13/13 11:01 AM by MMA Lives Here

Yep, that pretty much sums it up.And anyone who's trying to compare Anderson Silva to other MMA fighters, please, piss off. The dude is in a class of his ownYeah, Fedor lost when he came to Strikeforce. Three times. How did Anderson eventually lose? By matrixing for like 6 minutes straight lol

Fryedtakyama owns me, it's normal site profile image  

7/13/13 10:43 AM by Fryedtakyama owns me, it's normal

Seriously. Sometimes posts make it clear how much people understand what they are watching.

Affliction Blackbelt site profile image  

7/13/13 4:50 AM by Affliction Blackbelt

Well said. The rematch will be great.

melendez site profile image  

7/12/13 6:07 PM by melendez

I love Philly

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7/12/13 6:01 PM by phillymmafan

Fucking ass clown

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7/12/13 5:40 PM by HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe

Yeah, he was relieved of his title.

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7/12/13 4:39 PM by Fabefromfort

What pressure ? He handpicked a bunch of Tomato cans to destroy, and toy with ! The UFC allowed him to do that ! Yes he is a very skilled fighter, but he took too many pages out of Roy Jones's book. Jones taught Anderson how to take soft touches, and avoid the threats to his title. He also taught him to clown. Every single one of Silva's taunts and clowning, he learned from his idol, Roy Jones, who picked them up from Ray Leonard, and Ali. Roy Jones added to the act by putting his hands down, and avoiding punches well inside the opponent's range. This is the one that was fatal to Silva. In addition Silva was continuing to clown well after he took some heavy shots, when his senses are dulled, and his bell is rung, which added fuel to an already burning, sinking ship. Another thought. Pre-fight Anderson said Weidman had two chances to win, and he only had one. Yes, we all know that he said after the fight the crowd would be cheering Weidman, Weidman. Maybe in a roundabout way, he let it happen. He did look resigned to it. All the kissing of his corner, and prefight preps pointed to it. It looks fixed, but, you don't need it to be. Weidman is that good that you can just come in at 99 percent and tip the scales and lose. If you envision it you make it happen. Silva prepared for the loss. Maybe he didn't think it would end like this. I just don't like that he robbed me of so many good fights to watch by taking on Tomato Cans throughout his career.

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7/12/13 3:45 PM by jushintiger

Just to be clear. I do think he is sincere about his feelings of relief. But as someone else said in this thread, it is easy for someone to use it as an excuse for losing.