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The Myth that A. Silva was 'Clowning'



Most fight fans have come to the consensus that Anderson Silva was 'clowning' when he was defeated by Weidman. To be sure, it really seemed that way the night of the fight. Roy Jones Jr. was even in the audience and Anderson himself seemed to be miming him. The narrative that Anderson was 'clowning' was sufficient for the time. However, I believe there was more to Anderson's strategy than the dominate narrative lets on. Silva had his feet planted and virtually parallel for the entire fight. His head was mostly extended far past his legs. At times, it resembled a wrestling stance more than that of the elite striking stance Silva normally uses. So why would Silva utilize such a dramatic change in stances? Simply put, Anderson did not want a repeat of the first Sonnen fight. It's common knowledge that Weidman is just as good a wrestler, if not better than, Chael Sonnen. Anderson utilized this stance because he was ready to defend takedowns. As a result, he got knocked out. My hope is that people will perceive Anderson's 'clowning' as an adaptation to an elite wrestler. Sure, he's done it to non-wrestlers. Just not as much. I enjoy hearing/reading the word 'clowning' about as much as I do the liberally used 'legend'. Let me know what you folks think. It's okay to disagree. Just teach me if I'm wrong.

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