"This is me, Anderson. All the people watching me for a long time in the UFC go 'ooooooh my god, he's perfect.' I changed what? I don't need to change nothing. I don't fight with my hands down because I like it. Or for the people. No, this is my style."
-- The Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) world was shocked when Chris Weidman upset Anderson Silva in the second round of UFC 162 in Las Vegas, Nevada, this past July. Weidman took the fight to the champion and knocked him down with a huge left hook before finishing the bout with ground-and-pound. It was a typical Silva performance, taunting "All American" with his hands down and begging the challenger to engage as he's done with past opponents. It's a style that has fans critical, responsible for a "showboating" reputation. With Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) wanting to make UFC 168 the biggest event in the promotion's 20-year history, Silva and Weidman embarked on a media tour around the world. AXS Television's "Inside MMA" recently caught up with Silva during the stop in Los Angeles, Calif., to discuss the challenger's hands down style. Silva can be upset that people believe he needs to made adjustments, but there is some truth to that criticism. The reason he has been able to disregard defense is because typically in MMA, fighters don't double up punches like they do in boxing. It wasn't a lucky shot that put him down, it was a fighter who did his homework and noticed a very clear hole in Silva's game. If Silva hopes to regain the Middleweight belt, he will have to make changes. If not, he'll not only lose out on a potential superfight with Jon Jones, he'll have provided the blueprint to besting him in the Octagon.