UFC middleweight champion
"[Anderson]'s not paying any attention to it," said
Until recently, Silva's job description included vicious attacks that chopped down talented challengers. Yet, for as frustrating as it was to watch Leites stall and flop his way through the most important fight of his career, it has been Silva drawing much of the post-fight ire from fans and media.
Over 25 minutes, Silva connected on 83 of 179 strikes, according to CompuStrike.
If styles make fights -- and we know they do -- several middleweights outside the UFC would fit the bill very well.
"They want to see an exciting fight, then bring a complete fighter," said Soares, critiquing Silva's recent opponents in the UFC. "These guys are one-dimensional fighters they're putting him against."
Backing away for a moment, Soares regrouped and articulated the message he tried to get across.
"People should be focusing on the good things that happened," he said. "Anderson broke a record. He has nine consecutive wins in the UFC. No one has done that in 15 years."
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