"I tried to make him felt himself frustrated. There was a moment I wound up facing the fight as a brawl and spoke things like ‘Didn’t you tell that a spider has eight legs and you would pull one?' Come on, get up playboy’. Yes, I called him playboy. Mike Tyson also made provocations and always was criticized. If there was all of that repercussion and I had lost the fight, it would be worse but I came back home with the belt without a scratch, pinch, nothing. The Spider did what he does as usual: I went out there and won. I don’t say I lost the control. From my heart, I wouldn’t do that again. I tried to show the people and chiefly Demian that I’m not there by chance. I didn’t get to the top by mere coincidence. I’m four times world champion”.
Anderson Silva spoke to Brazilian newspaper O Globo and also took a part yesterday at the entertaining program Domingão do Faustão, also from Brazil, that his attitude was part of a game plan to make the contender Demian Maia lose his cool during the UFC 112 main event in Abu Dhabi. The middleweight champion has faced off criticism from the mixed martial arts specialized media and disappointed fans who expect to watch the abilities of the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world instead of scenes and verbal attacks. But bear with him, Anderson recognizes he exaggerated along the bout and explained that was the way he figured out to get away from pressure. After all the threads and discussions over the UFC 112, has your opinion on Anderson Silva changed anyway? Do you still think the Spider is one of the best fighters on earth or his behavior and bad attitudes aren’t acceptable for a champion and you don’t consider him as incredible as before? Video of his appearance after the jump.