I could bore you with platitudes, but I think the message here is clear: Anderson Silva knows he messed up.
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, who lost his title -- as well as his spot on two separate top 10 rankings (here and here) -- understands that he made a mistake when he fought Chris Weidman back at UFC 162, which took place on July 6, 2013 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada (video replay here).
"The Spider" spent most of the second round taunting his opponent, backing himself into the fence and daring the "All American" to try to land clean shots. Appeared to be a good plan, based on past performances against Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin, but this time, it backfired.
Then the lights went out in "Sin City."
But now that Silva has had a few days to get his head together, he realizes that at 38 years old, it's time to do one of two things: soldier on undaunted, or go back to the drawing board to reinvent himself. The Brazilian explains which path he's choosing to Globo (via MMA Fighting).
And it sounds like a little bit of both.
"If Muhammad Ali came up saying I wasn't humble, then I'd think if I was humble or not. There was no lack of respect. I respect everybody. All the provocation, hands down... It should continue, it's part of the show. Nobody likes to lose. I train four months to win. But you end [up] learning with your mistakes, and I learned the worst way possible. After everything that happened, we calm down and I realized I had something to question, even question Anderson Silva. I lost to myself, and that's the worst loss. Losing by knockout shakes you, [it] will be in history, but will leave a lesson. Everybody has to retire, but it's not my time yet. I'll get a rematch. Chris gave me this opportunity and we're fighting again. That's another chance to overcome, reinvent myself as a person and athlete."
He'll get that chance sooner rather than later.
Silva has already been signed to rematch Weidman at the upcoming UFC 168 event on Dec. 28 at the MGM Grand, the same Vegas venue that played host to their first go-round (details here). Surprisingly enough (or perhaps not), he's still the odds-on favorite to win.
"The Spider" already delivered a pre-fight message to his fans (watch it here), assuring them he was "back," and now he has the opportunity to prove it at the promotion's annual year-end mixed martial arts (MMA) event. Was his loss based on skill? Or shenanigans?