In an interview with MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani after UFC 112, UFC President Dana White looked like he'd just been run over by a truck regarding the happenings in Abu Dhabi. "I'm really embarassed," he said, referencing Anderson Silva's antics in the Octagon against Demian Maia. In fact, during the fight he actually left the championship belt with Silva's manager Ed Soares telling him, "You put it on him, I'm not doing it."
And that pretty much tells the story on Silva's performance. After all, you can make an argument that no one had more to do with MMA and the UFC's resurgence than Dana White. If he's too embarassed to even enter the cage and put a belt on the champ, then things are bad.
Of course, if you saw the way Silva danced around at UFC 112, yelling at and embarassing his opponent in an attempt to goad him forward recklessly during the second round of their encounter, you probably didn't need to even hear White's words- you knew he must feel that way. In sum, it's terrible that Abu Dhabi's first look at the UFC ended up like this.
The bottom line is that a little trash talking is okay. But when it's so bad that you don't even want to watch the rest of the fight, that you actually end up rooting for the challenger simply because of how much of a fool the champ is making of the sport and the event, that's a big problem.
Anderson Silva lost a lot of fans yesterday.