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Is Anderson Silva the most forgiven, beloved UFC fighter?

Discussion in 'UFC Discussion' started by RexChapmanFan, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. RexChapmanFan Green Belt

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    Anyone else with this guy's track record would be despised among fans, but for whatever reason Anderson Silva, despite his myriad professional sins, is still the knight in shining armor of the UFC fan crowd.

    - Guy cheats or takes cheap shots in several fights: grabs opponent's shorts in Silva-Sonnen II, knees Bisping in the face while Bisping tried to get his mouthpiece...

    - Busted for PED use with good evidence he's been using a long time. When this came out about Sonnen, everyone jumped all over the guy, but Silva was still a hero.

    - Shows all kinds of unsportsmanship in his fights: see his Maia fight, Weidman I, Bonnar, Vitor, etc. But no one seems to think this diminishes him.

    As I say, anyone else with these antics would be despised and in fact have been. My theory is that Silva is something of a mythical figure that many MMA fans don't want to let go of. For all the Sherdog folks who despise Christians for clinging to their concept of God, many of them seem to be doing the same with their MMA god.
     
  2. rurouni Black Belt

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    No, Is Normal...
    The hate for Vitor is whats out of control
     
  3. MrFeeny Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    let the chris have 5 minutes with him
     
  4. Reign009 Not sure if serious.

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    On the other hand you have people who can't stand him personally and nit picks everything that he does. Kinda like yourself.
     
  5. Goober8008 Blue Belt

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    Yes, any fighter who is as amazing, exciting, dominant in his prime will also no doubt be the "most forgiven UFC fighter." People still bitching about Sonnen, who truly is the most unsportsmanlike fighter ever. Get over it. The Spider showed flashes tonight too, of what made him so special for so long. 1 of a kind.
     
  6. deltapapha Brown Belt

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    Nope it would be this guy:
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  7. Bend NvR Break Order to Chaos. Chaos to Order.

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    He's arguably the goat, and that irritates his haters, so they get all buthurt and try to tear hm down by crying about anything they can. Is funny.
     
  9. RetiredSlave Red Belt

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    I think maybe Barnett might be the most forgiven or perhaps Nick Diaz. As far as most beloved I dunno, Anderson would be high on the list anyway.
     
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    I didn't think so until I saw the butthurt around here today. He obviously had a team of sherdoggers hiding in the shadows, waiting for him to redeem himself to speak up.

    Sorry guys....
     
  11. Baba Ghanoush Black Belt

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    What the hell forum are you visiting lol?
     
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    We don't hate cheaters, we encourage them.
     
  13. Spookv Banned Banned

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    As a fighter he has delivered more than enough for us fans, the good the bad and the weird.
     
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    Silva is the reason many MMA fans started following the sport. He captivated the imagination and for a while you believed he could do anything. His "antics" inside the ring are actual strategies, trying to create doubt and anticipation in the minds of his foes. Conor's trash talking creates that same effect.

    I don't know if you are blind but he is not some kind of white knight among MMA fans. Have you seen all threads where people question his legacy? Anderson Silva deserves the praise he gets. He was a big reason why MMA stayed afloat during a time when the popularity started falling.

    If I had to name a fighter who's fights symbolizes the very essence of what MMA should be it would be Anderson Silva.I wish another fighter would come along that captivates our imagination like he did.
     
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    He's given us so much
     
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    When you're the GOAT that happens
     
  17. Magnum1978 Silver Belt

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    What's irritating was the UFC promoting him as GOAT, as if its 'fact', not even 'arguable'

    Not worth tearing him down as he is legitimately one of the greatest, but THE greatest can only ever be opinion

    Personally I hope he won today so we could see him fight again (against the top guys).

    I think he still has a bit to offer, even if he has lost a step (a bit like Fedor)
     

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