The fighter Anderson Silva didn't try to finish


UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has failed to finish his opponent in only two UFC fights. At UFC 112 he spent five rounds toying with Demain Maia, while taunting him with terms like "playboy" (it's a long story).

The other was at UFC 97 in 2009, which also went the full five rounds.

In an interview with Benjamin Back of the Brazilian newspaper O Lance (The Lance), Silva was asked if he had ever held off finishing an opponent to keep a PPV going longer.

“There’s no such thing as holding back" replied Silva. "I want to finish as soon as possible. The only time I did it was because he was a friend of mine. It was against Thales Leites. We went until the last round because he’s a friend of mine and I respect him."

Curiously, in an Brazlian Portuguese language interview with Leites by Tatame today, he denied that they are friends.

"First, I want to say that Anderson never attended the New Union, never seen him there, we were never friends or acquaintances besides our profession" said Leites. "No doubt he is a great fighter. If he says he feels he went easy on me because he is my 'friend', I disagree.

"I was heavily criticized after the fight with Anderson, I really should have tried to fight more and take more chances, but the other opponents who came after me did not do much better. Those who tried to standup exposed themselves, eventually they got knocked out.

"I find it funny that a champion in his interviews who always preaches respect for others and the martial arts would give such a statement. I am a fighter always, I know what a fighter does and has to do to get up there. We all have good and bad times in our careers, after all, life is a true giant wheel, being on top, middle or bottom should always keep us humble and keep us quiet. There is no super man, we are all human beings."


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Gothams Reckoning site profile image  

8/30/12 10:27 PM by Gothams Reckoning

Anderson can finish any fighter in the world. He could have easily finished him and Demian he just chose not toI'll go as far to say he would finish GSP, Weidman, Bisping, and LHW's like Evans Rampage and Shogun Rua. His only challenge at 205 is JBJ who he would defeat as well but it would be a FIGHT

circa305 site profile image  

8/30/12 10:24 PM by circa305

He did not want to knock him out for finish him but he attempted to blow his knee out... What a friend this Anderson is.

disbeliever site profile image  

8/30/12 10:04 PM by disbeliever

You're a pretty negative person, arn't you?Maia did not butt flop like Thales did. He was standing there with Anderson and throwing things when he could. for someone so vastly outclassed on the feet, for him to even try that deserves respect. The ONLY way he could have won was on the ground, which he knew he has no shot at getting, yet he stood there and tried, and picked it up in later rounds.Clearly he was the one "embarrassed enough"

easedel site profile image  

8/30/12 10:01 PM by easedel

Well that is a dick way to act.

TheRaider site profile image  

8/30/12 9:37 PM by TheRaider

I don't think friends should fight each other. That is all I was saying.

Jacinto site profile image  

8/30/12 9:30 PM by Jacinto

Up until Cote blew out his knee that was a horrible lackluster performance also from Silva.

ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

8/30/12 9:28 PM by ranier wolfcastle

  "I want to finish as soon as possible. The only time I did it was because he was a friend of mine. It was against Thales Leites. We went until the last round because he’s a friend of mine and I respect him." imagine the shitstorm of threads if jones said that. not  a shitstorm for ando though.

ABE FROMAN site profile image  

8/30/12 8:57 PM by ABE FROMAN

  I don't even have to address this. My point was proven in the other thread. 

32Hunter site profile image  

8/30/12 8:46 PM by 32Hunter


Lazer MMA site profile image  

8/30/12 8:44 PM by Lazer MMA

WTF Abe? Post was to Raider!I never posted at all in the thread until then. It's not UG blogs fault nor mine that AS is saying what he is and not being truthful. I find it strange myself.I never claimed to be an AS fan, but my posts are just rebuttals really. I never said AS ducked Weidman nor do I agree (IMO U got to be scared to duck) and I directed you to a thread where I had many posts supporting him and I was the OP of the thread too (to prove my point). Had not said a word about AS other than when it was an AS troll and he was attacking one of my guys (rebuttals only in post).You want to be directed to the thread again? I think you AS and JBJ have something in common. I never even addressed you !