Here’s Anderson Silva explaining what happened during that Weidman fight.
“Unfortunately, it was a mistake and I paid a high price for it. It was a technical mistake, but it shouldn’t have happened…but happened. The truth is…the charge that people put on me due to my previous performances was tremendous. So…in this way when you make a mistake people just don’t understand. It was an unintentional thing. I’ve never said that I was the best in the world or that I was unbeatable.”
“I stood with my legs parallel when I had to do a step back instead to dodge the punch that KO’d me. Anyways, it was a sequence of events that led me to what happened. All the pre-fight tension and that feeling that makes you want to explode during the fight…During the round breaks, I always go back to my corner. But this time, I didn’t come back to my cornermen.
“I came back to argue with Weidman, asking him to keep the fight on the feet, saying, ‘let’s strike, let’s give a good show,’ when actually I needed to come back to my corner, to get some instructions. I shouldn’t have been there, discussing with Weidman. I should have calmed down to receive the instructions in order to do the right things in the second round. And I didn’t do that. So I think I was out of control, lost my temper a little bit.”
Good: Anderson Silva admits he made a mistake. Bad: Anderson Silva doesn’t realize it was all about the clowning. That continued taunting between rounds was just part of the overall silliness he had locked himself into – the same crap he ended up doing with Thales Leites and Demian Maia and Patrick Cote that never actually ends up going anywhere.
A little bit of taunting to unnerve an opponent and set up some wild attacks to counterstrike … that’s one thing. Leaving your hands at your waist for an entire round and trying to Matrix dodge everything that comes your way? Another, very stupid thing.