Silva took on fellow middleweight contender Derek Brunson last weekend, and won the bout with scores of 30-27, 29-28, 29-28. The decision, however, has been widely criticized, as the consensus seems to be that Brunson won at least two rounds.
The bout certainly wasn’t a blow out in Brunson’s favor, and there were glimpses of the old Silva. But, a highlight reel finish, or even blow, never materialized.
Well, Bisping weighed-in on Silva’s performance on his Sirius XM Radio Show, and the middleweight champ criticized the former champ for “not doing anything”. Bisping pointed to the instances were Silva initiated the Muay Thai clinch, but pretty much just sat there, as Bruson fired in punches. In addition, the British star said this (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I’m not trying to kick a man while he’s down, I’m really not. I bought the pay-per-view to watch Anderson Silva. Regardless of what’s happened between the two of us, I’m a fan of Anderson Silva, and he still always brings that excitement. Even still, right up until the final bell of the 15 minutes fight you still thought, ‘Hold on, is he gonna pull something amazing out of the bag?’ But he didn’t and what he did was, he allowed Brunson to outwork him so when he went to a decision, everybody thought Derek Brunson was gonna get the decision. Of course, it went to Anderson Silva which was shocking, and I guess maybe you could see an argument for Anderson winning rounds one and two, but it was just a bizarre performance and his legacy is slowly turning into that of somebody that’s – well he’s tarnishing his legacy. Let’s put it like that.”
Bisping isn’t the only person who’s made this argument, and it’s a tricky subject. Chances are there’s a lot of fans who are still happy Silva’s fighting. Further, there’s people who would argue it’s up to Silva if he wants to continue fighting, even if he’s past his prime.
But, there’s no denying that Silva is 1-4, with 1 no contest since 2012, which is a far departure from the storied run he put together as the UFC’s middleweight champ.