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UFC Quick Quote: Demian Maia 'sorry' for slow start and 'okay' with Silva antics


"It took time for me to get warmed up. I started to feel better in the middle of the fight but I didn't do well in the first two rounds. I think in the last two rounds I did well, I went to fight and he was running around but it's okay that's his game and I knew he was going to do that. He was very disrespectful to me but no problem, it's his way. After the fight he apologized but I don't think it's right for him to do this during the fight. He was swearing to me in the middle of the fight, it happens, it's okay, he's the best in the world. I do want to say sorry that it took me so long to get in the fight. I never fought five rounds before so I was trying to hold [back] a little in the first few rounds but then after I got in the motion of the fight I start to fight better but he was winning already, trying to keep his points and walk away."

Grappling guru Demian Maia apologizes to fight fans (via for his participation in last Saturday's UFC 112 main event from the Concert Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The five round fiasco started with the comedic efforts of Anderson Silva as he taunted and baited his foe while teeing off at will. Unfortunately "The Spider" went completely overboard with his antics, swearing at his adversary and running around the ring in frustration. Maia did try to make it a fight in the final rounds; however, Silva had already closed up shop for the night and seemed content to backpedal and coast to the finish line -- which even prompted a warning from referee Dan Miragliotta. There has been a lot of finger pointing following the April 10 event -- any Maniacs out there pointing at someone other than Silva?

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