Anderson Silva: ‘I was out of control’

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva recently appeared on the Brazilian talk show Agora É Tarde, hosted by Danilo Gentili, and discussed in detail the loss to Chris Weidman, and subsequent events.

The text below comes courtesy of MMA Station, which translated the interview to Enlish, and uploaded it with subtitles.

Silva discussed the KO in the Octagon immediately after the fight, and numerous times since, so Gentili asked what was worse, being KOed or being asked the same questions so many times?

“There will always be questions.” replied a relaxed and good natured Silva. “Fans, people, they want to know what happened. But being knocked out is worse because you can’t remember. There is just a black out. And then when you wake up, you’re like: ‘Uh? What happened? The fight is over?’ And the ref says: ‘Yeah, it’s over and you lost.’ But how? Then the ref says: ‘Yeah, you’re knocked out.’ BUT HOW? The ref then answers: ‘You took a big shot and fell to the mat.’”

A video has gone viral in Brazil, and worldwide, of a young, disconsolate Brazilian fan crying about the loss.

Silva reached out to the fan, tweeting this image.

“I’ve texted him and some other fans who called me,” Silva explained to the host. “Unfortunately, it was a mistake and I paid a high price for it. It was a technical mistake, but it shouldn’t have happened…but happened. The truth is…the charge that people put on me due to my previous performances was tremendous. So…in this way when you make a mistake people just don’t understand. It was an unintentional thing. I’ve never said that I was the best in the world or that I was unbeatable.”

Silva then went on the describe technically what went wrong. While his reply is not as memorable as that of Jack Roper who upon waking up from a meeting with Joe Louis said “I zigged when I should have zagged,” Silva related what went wrong, technically and mentally.

“I stood with my legs parallel when I had to do a step back instead to dodge the punch that KO’d me. Anyways, it was a sequence of events that led me to what happened. All the pre-fight tension and that feeling that makes you want to explode during the fight…During the round breaks, I always go back to my corner. But this time, I didn’t come back to my cornermen.

“I came back to argue with Weidman, asking him to keep the fight on the feet, saying, ‘let’s strike, let’s give a good show,’ when actually I needed to come back to my corner, to get some instructions. I shouldn’t have been there, discussing with Weidman. I should have calmed down to receive the instructions in order to do the right things in the second round. And I didn’t do that. So I think I was out of control, lost my temper a little bit.”