Why Do So Many Fans Want Anderson To Lose?

Posted on June 28, 2013, 05:28 PM by Brian Cox
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Anderson Silva is the greatest stand-up fighter in the world. He’s held his belt (now) since 2006 and is in the 7th year of his reign. He is revered by all fighters and swooned over by the UFC. Beyond that, he’s been thrilling fans with, what are, some of the greatest highlight moments in UFC history. Whether or not it was his spectacular KO (Seagal inspired front snap-kick) of Vitor Belfort, his humiliation of Stephan Bonnar or his late round 5 comeback against Chael Sonnen, Silva has dominated UFC highlight reels and in a way that no other UFC fighter has or (may) ever will.

Yet, there is something about the Champion that rubs many fans the wrong way. To be blunt, he’s one of three Champions that seem to rub fans the wrong way, with GSP and Jon Jones being the other two.

The fans that dislike GSP, of whom many are x-fans of his, do so because they find Rush boring and his fights predictable and not in a good way. Fair enough.

On the other hand fans that dislike Jones, because they find him arrogant and cocky. Fair enough, again.

In Silva’s case, his fan dislike seems to be an amalgam of both GSP’s & Jones’s problems. Fans that dislike Silva and would like to see him lose are generally comprised of x-fans, who believe the Champ has become too cocky and subsequently, needs a lesson in humility. I would be one such x-fan.

As Renzo Gracie recently commented in an interview with John Ramdeen, that “he’s a guy that rubs many people the wrong way. He’s not a humble guy…when he’s in the ring he doesn’t act humbly. He puts down his opponents…You can beat your opponent, but do it with respect.”

For me, that about sums it up. Simply put, I’ve come to find him arrogant and I’ve been rooting for him to lose since 2010, post his fights with Leites, Griffin and Maia. In particular, I thought his antics in the Leites and Maia fights were unbecoming a Champion of his quality. Even Dana White was not impressed.

So, those are my thoughts on why I think the anti-Silva movement would like to see him lose, what are yours?

To Silva’s fans, do you think the criticism of Silva as being arrogant is justified or is it that he’s so great, that his arrogance should be expected and accepted?

I leave you with Silva preparing for UFC 162 and rolling with one of my favorite fighters, Fabricio Werdum.


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  • iClown
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    A.S. needs to be fed more fighters cuz I want to see MORE wild sh^t before his age shows

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  • chael4president1
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    I don't understand why lately I keep seeing more and more people say that Anderson is the best standup fighter in the world. He may be the best standup mma fighter, but is not the best standup fighter period. And this has nothing to do with me being a fan of Chael. I'm a fan of many fighters. Anderson is certainly elite in striking, but has done nothing to prove he's the best out there. There are many great strikers out there who would be the favorite in a K-1 or Muay Thai match with Silva. Ernesto Hoost, especially in his prime I think is considered by many the greatest standup fighter ever.

    Steve Wonderboy Thompson was besting Anderson in sparring when they first met and trained. At least that is said by people that were there. Some may find that hard to believe but Thompson really is tricky in standup. We just didn't see his best against Matt Immortal Brown because Brown took him down early and made Wonderboy gas. And Thompson still hurt Brown Badly in the 2nd, while being slower. The point is there are many elite strikers in the world of different styles.

    But sure, imagine how good Anderson would be if all he ever trained was striking.

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  • Brian Cox
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    Chael...you raise some very valid points.

    Cheers

    Reply 10 months ago
  • KeithFarrell
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    Anderson is easily the best striker in the UFC in my opinion but not in the world of combat sports.
    A few active fighters guys like Tyrone Spong, Giorgio Petrosyan and Gokhan Saki are better pure strikers but to be fair to Anderson that is what they have solely trained for pretty much their whole athletic lives.

    Anderson is the best striker in the UFC and as well as that has an elite ground game... now that's scary

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  • mmauk
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    @Chael I gave you a weak for using what possibly happened in a sparring session. I could easily use a quote from Freddy Roach when he said Silva would be at about 60% or even less when he put him up against some guys in his gym and Silva didn't look all that. I've actually watched Silva spar in some video and get his *** kicked but display a really really good chin but that's all I could take from it because he was clearly cruising. You made some good points but lay off the gym rumors.

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  • InfiniteEnigma
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    I agree in those two fights he was a little arrogant, but who knows, his excuse about Maia, he took as disrespect to him in his heart. Other than that, I never really see it.

    The way he fights, many may think is disrespectful, such as hands down and taunting, but I see it otherwise. First off the hands down, I, myself, found comfortable when I took martial arts. It just seemed easier to move head and roll shoulders and the hands come out of nowhere. Of course I had been hit, and it was not an ego thing doing it, it just felt right for me too, so I see his approach much the same. Taunting, well, you can respect your opponent before, during and after a fight all day long, and that respect not be broken, just because you taunt or mock during a fight.

    All too many forget the non-physical weapon of psychology. Use all your skills, and that certainly is not disrespectful as I see it, where as a thumb to the eye, knee to the groin, or headbutt done intentionally is. Not to mention biting an ear off.

    I really do not think he is arrogant and cocky, in the bigger picture. He fights the way that serves him best, and yes, a couple of times, his ego was bothered by another and he did show some disrespect back. Take Chael 2 for instance. After all that crap talk, he came out the gate in round one swinging, no glove touch , etc...Had Chael been a good , respectful opponent , like Bonnar , he would not have done that.

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  • Brian Cox
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    Infinite...you are right, in what you say as to how a fighter feels "comfortable" in how they carry themselves in a fight.

    If a fighter is so confident as to be able to carry their hands down and still wage war comfortably, knowing that they can either strike or defend as required, then go with it.

    Anderson spends most of the round with his hands down...many great fighters do...many other successful fighters do the opposite.

    What to conclude?

    All roads lead to Rome.

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  • Stiks
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    Fact of the matter is, fans will never be satisfied. We always find a reason to hate, no matter how many exciting knockouts or 25 minute dry hump sessions a fighter has.

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  • moots
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    Jesus does everyone have to be perfect for people to be 'fans' of them? People just look for flaws, people love to hate. Period. End of story.

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  • Brian Cox
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    The simple answer to that question is no. No one is perfect, well...except the guy who you mentioned at the beginning of your post.

    I love Belfort and I know he's not perfect. I love GSP and I know he's not perfect, either. Oddly enough, I love Anderson. I think he's an incredible fighter, probably the best and wonderful human being. He's a devoted dad,husband and family man. He's loyal to his teammates, his community and the people of his nation as a whole. He's never going to be that guy to give you a bad headline.

    He's an incredible man, but none-the-less, I shall be rooting for the "ah-shucks" ...down-to-earth, happy, friendly, talented, confident, but still humble, Chris Weidman.

    Win or lose, I think this is going to be a great fight and a serious challenge for Anderson and If he beats Chris, then he will have the name of a great fighter and (sooner or later) Champion on his wall of victories. Good for him if he does.

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  • UnderdogGreatness
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    I don't believe that most people who dislike Silva dislike him because of his "arrogance". To me, it's beyond that, but does that really matter? No matter how great you are at something, you will always find people who root against you and some who root for you. It's impossible to please everyone in life, therefore, like anyone else, Silva will always have people who don't like him as a fighter/person. It's just part of life. Not everyone liked Michael Jordan, Ali, Gretzky, however it didn't stop any of them from being great. The great ones are normally motivated by those negative comments.



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  • IChokePeople
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    I don't think fan hatred of Silva is justified at all. When he toys with his opponents he is using a valid tactic. Case and point, Stephan Bonnar. Silva taunted him on the fence, standing flat against it and calling Bonnar in. The point of this wasn't to be a d^ck, it was to allow Bonnar to give him everything he had in a semi-controlled way and show him that nothing he could do mattered in order to demoralize him and take his will away. This might sound like semantics but it isn't. Being a d^ck would mean he was being malicious but he isn't. He is using tactics to get in his opponents heads to make them sloppy. The only instance where Silva acted in a d^ck manner was when he shoulder punched Chael Sonnen at the weight-ins and after all the **** Sonnen talked (about his wife as well) I can let that pass.

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  • Brian Cox
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    He is certainly masterful at how he does it. That no one can deny.

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  • azzkika
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    I don't think may hate Silva, nor want him to lose. What they do hate are the nut huggers who proclaim him the greatest when in reality that point is highly debateable. I think every MMA worth his salt will admit Silva has the best striking in MMA, EVER!! That does not automatically make him the greatest fighter though. But I can't be arsed starting the p4p debate as it's been done to death a zillion times, just that some of us see him as a great fighter but not some jedi superstar that is light years ahead of everyone else, indeed not even the greatest.

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  • N.C.
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    I am now less intelligent because i read this.

    What weakness? wrestling? He's beaten a 2 time US olympian, all americans, national champs, state champs... what logic is this?

    BJJ? when he does go to the ground he's choked out every body who dragged him there.

    I'm not nut hugging, those are just the facts.

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  • falcon4917
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    But he is though.

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  • Brian Cox
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    NC...what Silva hasn't beaten is the full and complete package.

    Chris Weidman is, "ah-shucks", the complete package.

    On the last issue, no one would ever accuse you or mistake you for being a nut*****. You are simply LK's beloved NC. :-)

    ...and those, my friend, are the facts.

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  • Entity
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    I'd simply rather see his brilliance by him stepping into the Octagon and finishing quickly and bluntly like we know he is capable of. It goes hand in hand with the "toying" thread. To me quick finish is more impressive.
    The James Irving fight comes to mind...I was like WOW!

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  • Brian Cox
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    Entity...putting Irvin up against Silva, was like putting a dead cat in a blender and hitting the "frappe" button.

    This keeps going back to a "level-of-competition" question and whether or not Silva has been truly challenged and in the same way as other great champions are and have been, challenged.

    By my view, there have been few true challengers. With that said, the few that Silva has met, he has defeated and soundly.

    Regarding Mr. Silva, where there might be some ugly fights, there are no dubious decisions.

    Your relative and thoughtful insights aside, you are, far-and-a-way, my favorite Muppet.

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  • IChokePeople
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    James Irvin was also significantly larger than Silva. He has consistently fought the best guys in his division and going up in wt to fight ANYBODY is impressive. While James might not have been top ten, Anderson also fought Forrest Griffen one fight after Forrest lost the belt and a very dangerous guy in Stephan Bonnar. I have talked crap about Bonnar in the past but when you see how he did against JJ versus how most have you have to admit that a middle weight manhandling him and destroying him with a single, perfect knee to the solar-plexis is pretty damn impressive. The "he hasn't fought top competition" argument doesn't hold water.

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  • Entity
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    Heyyyy, my blender doesn't have a frappe button.

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  • falcon4917
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    I don't think GSPs competition has been any bit better if you ask me only that GSP isn't as far ahead of his competition as Anderson. Maia is making short work of the best of 170 like they are kids and guys like Kos and Dan hardy are as one dimensional as anyone in the UFC. BJ was way small and yes there are those like Hughes and Condit that were great competition at 170 but no better than Dan Henderson and Vitor or Franklin. It just seems that 185 is easier because the champ dispatches them all like they were his students. Look at how often top contenders change at 185 though compared to 170 and see that they are all much more competitive at 185 near the top that what looks like a title shot is gone in an instant. Maia is showing how good 185ers are.

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  • soiWANNABEafighter
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    Cause it is getting boring in MWD ..... but don`t blame the Spider - blame the weak competition.....

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  • Brian Cox
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    There is that point. The competition in 185 has been lax, to say the least. Only recently, has the division begun to tighten up and in align with the other divisions.

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  • IChokePeople
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    Wrong again. The competition at MW is not and never was any different than any other division. Take Anderson out of MW and it becomes a shark tank.

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  • N.C.
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    Same reason why people hate the miami heat, patriots, Yankee etc

    There will be a large vocal crowd who hates the guys who are expected to win every game.

    Hate is a strong word. Who can hate GSP? I can understand dislike his fights. But to hate him personally? But people do. Just like in every other sport.

    Next topic....

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  • Brian Cox
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    NC...hate is a strong word and I don't know anyone who hates Anderson. If they do, then they are fools.

    I can understand hoping to see him lose, that's one thing, but no one hates the man. He's too great. Who could hate him?

    However and I think you hit upon a significant point...and I will write an article elaborating on it and give you credit for the though, for I feel you put it rather succinctly and in a beautiful metaphor...

    Anderson is the New York Yankees of MMA and that's why the non-fans and x-fans, wish to see him lose the throne...and how ironic it will be, that if a fighter from New York, would be the one to dethrone the Yankee elite.

    Awesome thought, analysis and metaphor NC.

    You're right up the with Enjoy321...on quickness to the buzzer with the correct answer.

    Again, I will give you full credit in the article...when I rip you off for the thought.

    Stay tuned to LowKick for your credit.

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  • timbo613
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    It's not so much that people want to see him lose but fan's love david vs goliath matchup's and everyone can relate with David more than Goliath.

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  • Brian Cox
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    Tim...you and NC...both great metaphors and analysis.

    I'm going to rip you off as well, for that thought...but yes, I will credit you and along with NC, for your brilliant insight.

    Good for the two of you. You both hit the nail on the head, but with different strikes of the hammer.

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  • KeithFarrell
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    Some people gravitate towards loving and admiring greatness, some people are just bitter and hate it. I watch a lot of MMA with my best friend, I will be depressed if either Jon or Anderson one day lose but my friend is always rooting against them.

    Dunno why some people are like that but instead of hating them, I'd rather live the moment and appreciate I get to be a part of it, something I can talk in 40 years, tell me kids like I ask my parents about Tyson and Ali.

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  • cranestyle
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    Who pro athletes are and who we think they can be very different. As soon as the camera is turned on, it changes reality and most of us will only ever know them through the camera.

    I agree with Renzo. When Silva rubs me the wrong way, it isn't because he's arrogant. Jon Jones is arrogant as hell, and I think he's awesome. It's because when he's humble, it seems insincere.

    People like to cheer against the overdog. Anytime someone is on top as long as Silva has been, people will want to seem him lose. I think 185 is not a strong division, but that's because no one wanted to fight the Spider.

    I wouldn't mind seeing Silva lose, because I'd like to see how he handles it. We all know how he handles winning. But more than anything, I just want to see him fight.

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