Renzo Gracie Says Anderson Silva Toys With Opponents And It’s Wrong

Anderson Silva is known for his lethal striking and precise finishing ability, but he is also known for his brash antics. The Spider quite often toys with opponents, breaking them mentally before smashing them physically. Following his dancing show against Demian Maia, Silva came under fire from critics and fans for a debacle of a main event. Anyone paying to watch Silva vs. Maia in Abu Dhabi was severely disappointed, and rightly so, especially with how much seats at UFC events cost.

Having dominated the Middleweight division for so long, some might argue that Silva has an excuse for his cocky in-cage shenanigans. Renzo Gracie isn’t one of those people, he voiced his opinion on the matter in a recent interview with Thefightnetwork:

“Anderson is a guy that rubs many people the wrong way. He’s not a humble guy. Even though he may speak humbly when he talks, when he’s in the ring he doesn’t act humble. He puts down his opponents. He acts in a way that again, we always know what is right and wrong, and by looking at that, we know it’s wrong. It’s like you can beat your opponent, but do it with respect.”

Renzo is one of the biggest BJJ/MMA famalies around, the Gracies have contributed massively to the growth of MMA in so many ways. Plus they always have an awesome Brazzilian street fight story to tell.

Gracie hasn’t competed since losing to Matt Hughes, on the same card as Silva vs. Maia at UFC 112, he retired with a 13-7-1 (1) record. He may not agree with Silva’s taunting, but it is an integral part of his style. He confuses and scares opponents, which forces openings that Silva can capitalize on.

He is a nightmare for any fighter to face, especially if they aren’t too swift on the feet. Even if they are, Silva can always hurt you with his reach and create epic highlight reel finishes on demand. His destruction of Forrest Griffin was like watching a 20 year old boxer beat up a 10 year old midget.

I can’t say that Silva’s style hasn’t agitated me at times, but Muhammed Ali was criticized constantly for his style throughout his early career. Look how he turned out. Obviously Silva could tone it down a notch, but does anyone really want him to?

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14 Comments

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    watermelon fresh

    June 28, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I agree. This is one of the things that rubs me the wrong way about Anderson. He acts like he's a monk with his kindness and honor but when in weigh ins and in the cage he really acts like an A$$. This could be one of the things that makes him great though. He seems to have a silent hatred for his opponents and wants to break them and humiliate them to an extreme.

    It's tough to say but I never liked the way he acted against Maia and Forrest and Okami and Oh yea the guy he supposedly had so much respect for…Rich Franklin. I can never root against Anderson because he's amazing and I don't really want to see him lose but I hate the way he acts quite often.

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    watermelon fresh

    June 28, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    By the way Renzo Gracie is such a legend and icon in BJJ. He's just awesome.

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    UnderdogGreatness

    June 28, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Renzo Gracie just wish he were as great as Silva as a fighter, plain and simple. I love the Gracie family, however Renzo is somewhat jealous in my opinion. As a fighter, if you don't like what Silva does in the cage, just knock him out. If you can't knock him out, well, it's just your lost.

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    FoetusFarm

    June 28, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    wait just a second isnt renzo gracie the guy who spat on opponents and was stamping on nate marquardt after his fight

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    FoetusFarm

    June 28, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    wait just a second isnt renzo gracie the guy who spat on opponents and was stamping on nate marquardt after his fight

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    Entity

    June 28, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I came for the comments lol, not getting into this diick dance with everyone.

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    soiWANNABEafighter

    June 28, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Sorry but Anderson can do what ever the f…. he wants in the Octagon ……he is the greatest so far ……and t`ill anyone beats him – it is his playground!!!

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    watermelon fresh

    June 28, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I just weaked my earlier comment because I forgot about Renzo spitting and stomping Nate Marquardt.

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