So, Sunday was an incredible day for sport. 

Andy Murray became the first male British player to win Wimbledon in 77 years - a feat which made me proud to be both partly Scottish and a former tennis player - and the undefeated Chris Weidman dethroned the previously undefeated - including 10 straight title defences - Anderson Silva.

Just to warn you, I think I read somewhere that this was the sign of a coming apocalypse, but I could be mistaken.

I couldn't (read: didn't want to) stay up until 4am to watch UFC 162: Silva vs Weidman live, but I had it recorded. 

Unfortunately my morning routine of checking texts, emails and Facebook backfired as I was bombarded with images of Chris Weidman KO'ing Anderson Silva; something (bizarrely) both fighters predicted.

Accompanying the pictures were angry and boastful comments from fans who thought Silva deserved what was coming to him, because of the way he fights.

The fight has been uploaded, reported, taken down and re-uploaded onto hundreds of sites in the last 24 or so hours, so I'm not going to bother with a blow-by-blow. Instead I want to go toe-to-toe with some of the haters out there.

Since this fight, Anderson Silva, pegged as the Greatest-Of-All-Time, has been receiving torrents of abuse from fans of the sport complaining about his disrespectful overconfidence. Silva spent much of the fight goading Weidman into punching him harder, allowing him second chances to hit him, backing himself into a corner deliberately and even pretending to be rocked.

Mansour Bahrami is a legend in the tennis world because he's constantly showboating - even now in the veterans events. 

He serves two balls at once, tries left-handed shots, changes teams in doubles games half way through a point and insists that when it rains, they can continue to play holding umbrellas borrowed from the crowd. 

People love him and he even has his opponents cracking up in the middle of matches; a unique tactic to be sure. It's a performance, it's entertainment.

Don't get me wrong UFC is "as real as it gets" as they put it, but if the guys and girls of the world's fastest growing sport were genuinely only interested in seeing who was the better fighter, they could do it at the gym. 

You don't need tens of thousands of fans watching you to prove that. You have the fans there because you want to show off your skills. I come from a freestyle points background where a lot of us that fight like that - if nothing else it's more fun!

People loved Silva for it when it meant he won, yet now they disrespect him for it because he lost. If you believed what Weidman was saying about his own plan of grinding out a victory with wrestling, then I'm glad it happened this way because that sort of fight is almost always dull. 

I personally don't think Silva fights like he does to be disrespectful; if he is then he deserves all the abuse. 

But if he's doing it for entertainment or to show superiority (obviously not in this case, as it happens) or even just to test his skills more, then who can argue that he's not well within his right to do so? You may think it is not worth the risk, but I think it was a sound tactical decision to goad Weidman into a stand-up war. That tactic works nine out of 10 times and this just happened to be the 10th.

You're not going to ask Ronaldo or Messi not to dribble like that because its "disrespectful to the defenders" or ask them to score less goals because its "not fair on the opposition", so how is this different?

Both fighters had a little laugh after the first round and as much as Weidman was saying in his post-fight interview that he doesn't like all the showboating, he did it straight back in the second round - encouraging Silva to hit him and pretending he was rocked.

Silva's own post-fight interview saw him announcing that he wouldn't take up Weidman's offer of a rematch, but that this didn't mean he was retiring. 

He still has 10 fights left on his contract, but it will be interesting to see where he goes from here. 

Will he continue to fight has he always has now that it has finally let him down? I certainly hope so!

 

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