Posted by Goatenstein
Your loyalty is sweet. Machida is making excuses ahead of the Weidman rematch victory. That's who.
Posted by SpiderSilva
Posted by FastKnockout
Posted by Goatenstein
Getting the excuses out early.
Silva said from the beginning he wasn't interested in a rematch. I wouldn't call it excuses.
Who the Fuck has made excuses? That's what I wanna know? Dude is the greatest in UFC history. Has been in a shit ton of title fights. Maybe he's done. Ever think of that? What else is there for him to set goals for? Nothing.
I am not loyal to either. I thought it was a 50/50 fight. Weidman won in a way nobody thought he would. People who say "I called it" aren't right as for the most part they thought he'd win by being on top. Silva only got taken down once. The TDs stopped working. Weidman fans thought it was game over. But Weidman kept a cool head and Silva didnt expect that.
A professional fighters job is to promote the fight so people tune in or sit down to watch, not do drugs, show up 24 hours before a fight and weigh the weight they are told to weigh and get checked over medically, show up the next day, get prepared for the fight, then fight, get medically tested after and take a piss, It's preferred they stick around after the fight.
Nothing says they have to go through a training camp, although bad things happen if you don't (GSP/Serra) but that's all that's expected of you.
Now Silva has main evented 16 times, co-mained once and fought 2-4 times a year. Everytime he has done his job. Never pissed hot, never missed weight, never missed a promo. And his promotion hours behind the scenes will be gigantic, this isn't your Stipe Miocics or Mike Pierces, this is a guy who has 1000 of questions to answer and press to deal with.
Promoting a fight for him is a blessing and a curse, people will watch him because he's the champion but if he doesn't talk to journalists people won't be talking about him. As there's better stories.
You get guys like Nick Diaz who no show press conferences, and champions who show up but aren't interesting because they don't well the fight and are just respectful.
Silva sells the fight, Belfort weigh ins, the promo with Leben, telling people I'm gonna do something you haven't seen before.
All of this. Twice if not more a year, for longer than any other champion.
If your boss called you and said can you come in twice a week 2 hours early and he appreciated it and paid you for it but after 7 years you probably start to think I'm getting fed up of this especially when money is no longer a factor
Nobody else does it...
It stops you doing what you enjoy, spending time with your family etc.
The UFC belt brings pressures that are fun but after 7 years they might get tedious.
I don't doubt that Silva does want 10 more fights. I just think he wants a year off to take a long break, maybe come back in 9 months or so and fight someone like Hendo, Shogun, Wandy, Diaz, Bisping or someone who's a recognisable name and has called for the fight. And just have some fun.