Until this past Saturday, 38-year-old UFC fighter Anderson Silva had not lost since 2006. He’s been called the greatest MMA fighter in history. So it’s no surprise that, occasionally, in the middle of beating his opponent into a pulp, a guy like Silva with good reason to be cocky will do some taunting. Nothing wrong with that: this is America — land of the free, home of the Icky Shuffle, etc.
Unfortunately, taunting is supposed to fluster your opponent on the road to victory, not create your downfall. Over the weekend, at UFC 162, now former middleweight champion Anderson Silva took his taunts too far and it cost him the fight, the belt, and his dignity.
From the start, Silva seemed to be toying with his opponent, Chris Weidman. The champ pretended he was hurt or encouraged Weidman to hit him harder. But in the second round, Weidman got aggressive, throwing a few punches. Silva dropped his guard, ducking his way to safety, but still took a nonchalant approach to defending Weidman’s attacks. That is, until Weidman landed a left hand to Silva’s head, sending him to the mat.
Once on the ground, Weidman performed a classic MMA move. I believe it is called “straddle your fallen opponent and punch him as many times in the face as you can.” The match was called and Weidman was declared the winner. Or, more accurately, one could say that Silva was declared the loser.
So with that, Anderson Silva, you win the newly created Dumbest Sports Move award. In fact, I am so confident that your act of stupidity will live in infamy, I am prepared to rename the award after you. Congratulations, Anderson Silva, on winning the first annual Anderson Silva Stupid Sports Moment trophy.