Anderson Silva and Demian Maia each complained that he had been disrespected by the other at UFC 112, but a week later the two appeared on a Brazilian television show, shook hands and were civil -- if not exactly warm -- to each other.
And Silva indicated that he doesn't have anything to apologize for in the way he approached the fight with Maia, which has been criticized by many members of the media, MMA fans and UFC President Dana White.
"I think I fought well, executed my game plan and disrupted Demian's game," Silva said on the Brazilian show Domingão do Faustão. "I couldn't fall to his game because he's a Brazilian jiu jitsu specialist. Even though I train BJJ as well, I don't even come close to his BJJ level."
According to BloodyElbow.com, the Silva-Maia fight has gotten more attention in Brazil than any other MMA fight in history. Some of that attention has been negative, but Silva was cheered by the crowd when he was introduced on Domingão do Faustão, and he said his antics in the Octagon shouldn't be interpreted as disrespectful toward Maia.
"I have nothing against any of my opponents," Silva said. "I have nothing against Demian. I respect his work a lot."
After Silva said that, Maia was introduced and brought on stage, where he shook hands with Silva and answered questions from the show's host, declining to say whether he was still angry with Silva over the way the fight transpired.
"I don't have much to say, it was what happened," Maia said. "The fans saw what happened."