Add Hector Lombard to the list of people who weren't too impressed with Anderson Silva's antics during his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title fight against Chris Weidman back at UFC 162.
The former Bellator MMA 185-pound champion says the Brazilian bomber was "too cocky" and "went crazy' during the title fight, which may have played a hand in his demise.
And while Ray Longo -- Weidman's trainer -- won't be too thrilled to hear what seems to be like another excuse for "The Spider's" loss, he might be pleased to hear the praises Lombard is launching his way following Weidman's victory.
Furthermore, Lombard believes now that Silva knows he can be defeated and saw what happens when you decide to play around inside the cage, his confidence won't be too high in the rematch, which goes down on Dec. 28, 2013 at UFC 168.
He explains during a recent appearance on "The MMA Hour:"
"Everyone was expecting him to win that fight. I think he lost the fight himself because he got too cocky and he went crazy in that fight. I don't know what happened to him. It's going to be hard in the rematch now that Chris has a lot of confidence and he (Silva) will have a lot less confidence this time. So, Chris Weidman knows that he (Silva) can be beat and now Anderson Silva knows that he can be beat as well. But, if you watch the fight, Weidman went to the chest when his trainer told him to go to his chest. And if you see that punch, when Anderson Silva bent down, he went back a little bit, he was out of balance and that punch was going to the chest actually and that's how he got him. If he was throwing the punches to the head, Anderson Silva would have been able to duck a little bit. I was quite impressed with Chris Weidman's trainer. He's very smart."
At the end of round one, Longo could be heard instructing Weidman to punch a hole in Silva's chest and according to Hector, that was indeed the key to Weidman's victory.
Well, that and Silva's cockiness.
When Lombard left Bellator MMA for the greener pastures of UFC, fight fans were clamoring for a dream fight between "Lightning" and Anderson, but after going 1-2 in the 185-pound weight class, Lombard's title hopes went south in a hurry.
And a fight against the former champ likely won't happen anytime soon, seeing as how Lombard is now going to be exchanging punches with the welterweights for the foreseeable future as he prepares to make his 170-pound debut in Houston, Texas, at UFC 166 against Nate Marquardt.
What say you Maniacs, does a fight between Silva and Lombard still interest you?