After Fabio Maldonado completed his comeback win over Hans Stringer at UFC 179, more than a few eyebrows were raised when Anderson Silva joined him at the Octagon, and the two exchanged several words. Was Silva just happy to see his fellow Brazilian record a victory?
Well, following the memorable win, Maldonado was predictably asked about the exchange, which at the time, seemed to only heighten the Brazilian crowd’s joy. Here is some of what the rugged vet had to say about what went down (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I went up on the cage, and he looked at me, and I told him, ‘Come up. Come here,’” Maldonado said at that post fight presser. “And then he came up. He hugged me, and I told him, ‘Hey man, I’m sorry. I’m sorry I didn’t speak to you personally and I left it to the press.’
“Maybe a reporter got my on a sad day. Maybe one day I thought I was in the (right). I regretted some things I said to him. But if you talk to someone every day, and after a while everything is bad and you talk to the press, that’s not good. I told him I’m sorry and I’m glad I saw him.”
What the former boxer is referring to, is the reported fallout he had with Silva’s long time instructors, the Nogueira brothers. Last year, Maldonado asked the brothers if he could open up a gym under their banner, but he was apparently told no. The Nogueira’s decision didn’t sit well with Maldonado and he relayed so to the press.
All the drama aside, Saturday’s victory was a huge one for Maldonado, who hadn’t fought since May when he was quickly taken out by heavyweight contender Stipe Miocic. The light-heavyweight Maldonado is 4-1 now in his last 5 fights.
During that run, Maldonado has also scored wins over Joey Beltran, Roger Hollett and Gian Villante.
UFC 179 was hosted by Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.