Silva faced Bisping at UFC FN 84 on February 27th, and although he left “The Count” battered and bloodied, he lost via unanimous decision. Silva insinuated afterwards that the judges scored it in the British fighter’s favor, since the bout went down in London. There were certainly people who believed Silva won the fight, like Dana White for example, but there are many who thought Bisping won three rounds.
Well, recently Silva spoke to ESPN.com, and the former middleweight champ hasn’t changed his mind about the fight. Here is some of what he had to say.
“I give him merit for winning, but I take merit away from the judges for judging it that way,” Silva said. “I was very happy with how I performed. I showed everyone my technique and superiority.
“I really don’t watch out for critics of my fights because I’m the one who’s going in there and fighting. It’s easy for you to watch a fight and say a guy could have done this or that, but watching a fight and then going out there and stepping in is completely different. It takes someone to actually step in there and take a few shots to realize that.”
Even if you think Silva did enough to win it, you have to give a ton of credit to Bisping, who showed tremendous heart and kept coming. It was a close bout, and even the biggest Silva boosters probably don’t think the Brazilian star got outright robbed. You have to wonder if perhaps cage rust played a factor. The fight was Silva’s first since January, 2015.
All this aside, it will be interesting to see how Silva looks against Uriah Hall. That fight will take place on May 14th in Curitiba, Brazil.