Shortly after Anderson Silva snapped his leg on a checked kick against Chris Weidman at UFC 168 (pictures here), forcing him to drop to the canvas in pain and put an end to his middleweight title fight, "All American" fans erupted in celebration.
And perhaps there was no one happier than Weidman's cornermen.
Chief among them was former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Matt Serra.
In fact, "The Terror" may have gotten a bit too excited, as he revealed during a recent appearance on "The MMA Hour" that it was his voice behind the phrase, "Good, fuck him," that was caught on the microphones shortly after "The Spider's" limb went snap, crackle, and pop (listen here).
But as Serra explained, it wasn't said with malicious intent, that's just how the New Yorker talks.
"I heard the thing, and then at first, I was like, ‘Oh, what did [Ray] Longo say?' Then I was like, ‘Oh man, fuck, that was me.' None of us saw what happened. We saw [Silva] just drop, and I didn't see Chris throw strikes. For two months, me and Longo are talking every night, ‘Alright listen man, he does this, he does these shenanigans. This is where he's going to fuck him. This is where the kid's going to fuck him. This is where Chris is going to get him. If he gets him here on the floor, I swear this is where he's going to fuck the guy.' This is how we talk. I hate to say it, but I'm being honest with you. As far as Chris, we even tell him the mentality and all the mystique of this guy, ‘No, fuck him dude. He's stepping into the cage with you.'"
Indeed, no one can question the adrenaline fighters and cornermen alike feel during the heat of battle, especially after defeating history's greatest mixed marital arts (MMA) fighter for a second time.
Because as Serra proclaims, he didn't even realize that Silva's leg was broken until after he saw the replay. He even apologized to Silva and his family afterward:
"I didn't see it until the next day on how that thing broke. We're not heartless pricks, we're not bad sportsmen. He's got kids, he's got people who love him. The first thing I did when I knew it was me, is I got Ed Soares' (Silva's manager) number, and I gave him a call. If I hurt anybody's feelings, of course Anderson's kids, his wife and everything, I do apologize. That definitely did not come out of a bad place or negative place."
So, at the end of the day, the harsh words -- which some have dubbed disrespectful -- were nothing more than a man getting caught up in the moment after seeing his fighter defend his world title. Nothing more, nothing less.