Renzo Gracie is one of latest MMA figures to criticize Anderson Silva for his antics (or “game plan” according to the former champ) at UFC 162, and although the renowned jiu-jitsu instructor has helped make Chris Weidman into the amazing force he is today, his observations about Saturday aren’t completely one sided.
In a report from the Brazilian publication, Globo.com, Gracie maintains the fight was beginning to turn in Silva’s favor, but that the legendary fighter let the opportunity slip away. According to a translation done by Mixed Martial Arts.com, Gracie noted about the historic fight:
“This kid [Weidman] is very dangerous, he was always very dangerous. Every time he fights, he wins. Early in the bout, when Chris was in control, he did everything he wanted, but couldn’t win, so Anderson gained great confidence. He thought it would be a walk in the park and then he began to play. And the boy [Weidman] really was fading, he was tired because he did everything (pushing the pace) during the first round. He had side control, he was attacking… and when Anderson saw him fading, he thought: “Now I’m gonna give a show”. The problem is that this sport is not the place for that. In this sport you have to win.
I’m sure the people who were in his corner said: “Go out there and win”, but he decided to do what was on his mind, he was joking, shaking … And if you notice, this kid has a very big star (luck). Whenever he is in trouble, he manages to win. When he attacked, Anderson lost his balance when he was mocking him, and had no way to defend himself. And then he got caught with a punch to the chin. And when that happens there’s no way out, you go to sleep, your brain turns off.”
Weidman has claimed since that he was in control during the fight, and that in fact, he was happy to see Silva acting the way he was. Whatever the case, the “All American” took out the sport’s consensus greatest fighter, and deserves a ton of credit for performing the way he did, in what was just his 10th pro bout.
Now about that rematch…