At the post-fight press conference for Saturday’s UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, UFC President Dana White unsurprisingly said he was “embarrassed” by the actions of middleweight champ Anderson Silva in a successful-but-criticized title defense over Demian Maia.
“I don’t think I’ve been more embarrassed in the 10 years of being in this business,” said White. “It’s the first I’ve ever walked out on a main event, given the belt to the guy’s manager and told him to put it on him.”
Despite overwhelming criticism from fans for his disrespectful antics and lack of aggression, Silva defended his performance, saying he did his job by beating a ‘disrespectful’ Maia.
“Unfortunately, not every fight turns out the way that everyone would like,” said Silva through his translator and manager Ed Soarse. “I came here well trained, but Demian disrespected me, not as a person, but he disrespected me as a fighter and I take that very seriously. I came here to do my job, and that was to beat him up and punish him and that’s exactly what I did.”
White also apologized to fans who purchased UFC 112 on pay-per-view and promised to “make it up” to them.