According to Anderson Silva's manager, Ed Soares, the mystique and aura behind the Brazilian bomber is gone, thanks to his second round knockout (KO) loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 162 two weeks ago, proving that he is indeed a mortal like the rest of us.
But, just because the titles of pound-for-pound best and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion are no longer his, doesn't mean you can simply erase Silva from the history books and forget about the path of destruction he's left behind, along with the records he's collected over his longtime rule in mixed martial arts (MMA).
Soares breaks it down to Sherdog's Beatdown Radio:
"I think it just humanizes Anderson. We hadn't seen that yet, and I think it's just part of the business that we're in. Eventually you're going to lose, and it was unfortunate that he had to lose that way, but he did. But like I said, one night is not going to erase what he's done in the past seven years. He made a mistake, and in this sport, you make a mistake -- you move left instead of moving right, you zig instead of zagging -- you could get knocked out. That's what ended up happening to Anderson. It could happen to anybody on any day. I think the superfights are still on the table. I think right now the superfights are in the future, but right now what should be on everyone's mind should be the rematch with Chris Weidman."
Indeed, after suffering his first loss inside the Octagon and first real defeat in nearly a decade, not only is Silva humanized, but his confidence meter has gone way down, at least in Hector Lombard's eyes. Silva will have the opportunity to erase those memories as he prepares to rematch "All American" at UFC 168 on Dec. 28, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And maybe, just maybe, Anderson can regain some of his aura if he manages to put on a superhero-like performance that most fight fans are accustomed to seeing, locking up another round of "super fight' talks.
Unless, of course, Weidman proves once again he is indeed
"Superman's" "The Spider's" kryptonite.