In typical Anderson Silva fashion, the former middleweight champion walked away from #UFC208 last weekend via a bizarre decision over Derrick Brunson. But rather than bask in the glory that should have accompanied his first win in five years, "The Spider" has instead been forced to dispel talks of retirement and defend the judges' decision at seemingly every turn.
With everyone from the fans, to Michael Bisping, to Brunson himself publicly expressing their belief that Anderson didn't deserve a win that night, Silva has finally been pushed past his breaking point. The GOAT took to Facebook to vent some of his frustrations and remind us of just who the hell we're talking about here.
Silva's words (via his official Facebook page):
Nowadays it's easy to say that the fight is my root, there is a lot of people who talk about fighting and do not know what it says. So when you go up in the octagon, first look who I am, respect who got where I came from. I arrived very well, without disrespecting anyone, with much struggle and pride in the chest.
So, you who talk too much, find out first who I am and what I did in this sport.
Many people find me arrogant and overbearing? I can be it and more, not because I am considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. No, no, it's my feats, that's what I really did for this sport. I broke barriers all over the world where I fought, Pride, Shooto, Mecca and other events that these speakers have never heard of and do not know what they are like. I am from a different era, when had no weight limit or time limit. I really fought for passion, not for money or fame. Speakers and frustrated fighters, who read this text, I can be arrogant, arrogant and much more than that, I am Anderson Silva, who made and makes a difference in sports.
I'm not afraid and I do not flee fighting, I defended the belt for 10 years, none of the last champions managed to defend for more than 3 fights.
So thank you to all who like me and those who do not like me, they will have to accept that Anderson da Silva, The spider , is a fact and can not change. I'm the best in the world, yes! To the joy of many and the sorrow of others.
I can only say that we will soon see ourselves in the octagons of life.
There's no denying that Silva hasn't looked quite the same since suffering that horrific injury against Chris Weidman in their rematch at UFC 168, but if this isn't his greatest "mic drop" moment since his fight with Stephan Bonnar, then I don't know what is. In short, y'all need to start showing "The Spider" some damn respect, no matter how many black market Thai sex pills he's caught with. This man is the G.O.A.T dammit, and one controversial decision doesn't erase a lifetime of one-sided ass-kickings.
His words (more or less), not mine. Also, he didn't capitalize "Octagon."