Anderson Silva lost to Michael Bisping via unanimous decision at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 84 in London, but his coach Luiz Dorea believes the former middleweight champion beat "The Count" by knockout and decision.
Dorea, who cornered Silva in the 25-minute contest at the O2 Arena, revealed to MMAFighting.com "The Spider" suffered an injury early in the fight. Even with the injury in the same leg Silva fractured in his rematch with Chris Weidman in 2013, Dorea thinks he did enough to win.
"He felt a kick he landed in the first round, thought he cracked his leg and a screw moved," Dorea said. "That limited his movements, made him stop attacking for a moment. I asked him to attack, but he said ‘professor, I’m feeling it, I have no confidence’. I said ‘use your heart, you’re Anderson Silva, go after him’. That slowed him down a bit. Bisping attacked more, but less effectively. Anderson was more effective. I hope the commission reviews this result because this is bad for the sport. Even Dana White saw that way. Everybody knows who won the fight."
Despite the pain, Silva is apparently out of danger.
"Silva did some exams after the fight. He suffered an injury, but the screw didn’t move," he added. "I don’t know how bad the injury was, but I know the screw didn’t move and he won’t need a surgery. He was in pain in the locker room, but he won’t need surgery. He was in pain, he couldn’t even put his shoes on, but he’s fine now."
The boxing coach scored the contest 48-47 in Silva’s favor, and thinks referee Herb Dean should have ended the fight after the third round since it took almost 90 seconds for the fourth round to start.
"I disagree (with the decision). First of all, I disagree with the knockout," Dorea said. "He landed the knee, (Bisping) went down completely out. Anderson stopped hitting him, celebrated. He couldn’t have pushed forward, but stopped. According to (Silva), he looked to the guy and he was bad. And Herb Dean begging him to come back... I never saw something like that in the fight world, the cornerman bringing the stool next to where he went down. The referee told him to come back up, and he didn’t. The fight is over. He couldn’t even go back to his corner. Almost two minutes have passed between rounds. The fight is over, winner by knockout.
"Let’s talk about the scorecards now. Anderson lost the first and second rounds, and won the third really well. How do you score a round like that? If the fight wasn’t over by knockout, you can’t score it (10-9) like the others. He won the fourth round, a close one, and won really well the fifth. To me, he won the fight."
And even if you score the fourth round for Bisping, Dorea says, the fight should have been a draw.
"The commissions are too subjective," he said. "How do you score the third round after that massacre the same way you score for a guy that threw 30 punches and missed 25, and those that landed were ineffective? His only effective punch was the one that knocked Anderson down, but Anderson’s punches were way more effective."
Silva’s manager suggests an immediate rematch between "The Spider" and "The Count" on May 14 in Brazil, and Dorea believes the former champion will be ready to fight again by that date.
"(Silva) said he wants to fight," said the coach. "He will take two or three weeks off to rest and come back. Anderson wants to fight in Brazil. I believe he will be ready to train again in two or three weeks, and then fight again in two or three months. That also shows who won the fight. Anderson can fight in two months. Can Bisping do the same after that beating?"