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Anthony Pettis: Anderson Silva broke his leg at UFC 168 because of an 'amateur mistake'

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"It was kind of an amateur mistake. I mean, he kicked a check, and that's like a basic kickboxing move. I mean, he's probably done that a million times in his life, and that was just the wrong time to do it. The wrong angle, the wrong pressure. But that doesn't really make me kick differently. I think it looked ugly. It was nasty. But that's like saying in basketball when somebody twists their ankle, or breaks their ankle, 'You can't dunk like that because he did it that way.' So it's not even a factor."

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Anderson Silva is regarded as one of the best strikers to ever compete inside the Octagon, but that doesn't mean he can't make "amateur mistakes" like kicking a check, something you learn in basic kickboxing. That's according to UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (via The Underground), who has a deadly arsenal of fight-ending leg kicks. But will he fall victim to a simple "mistake" like "The Spider" did? According to "Showtime," it's not even a factor in his UFC 181 title defense against Gilbert Melendez, which comes this Saturday night (Dec. 6, 2014) in Las Vegas, Nevada (results here).