Anderson Silva came into this fight as a champion with a mixed reputation for not finishing outclassed opponents. His bout with Demian Maia did nothing to change that reputation. Silva won a unanimous decision over Demian Maia but won little with the fans.
Silva abjectly apologized to the fans for his poor performance and said it wouldn't happen again.
Middleweight champion Anderson Silva entered as an enormous favorite against Demian Maia. As dangerous as Maia was on the ground few gave him a chance to win it there against Silva. It was a slow fight for the first 90 seconds. Silva finally landed a brutal leg kick. Silva then came at him with a spinning back kick. Then Silva began kneeling to taunt Maia. Silva then began to attack Maia only intermittently. A crazy lunging jab landed for Silva. Maia went for a take down that missed. Then Maia ate a flying knee from Silva and was on his back. The ref forced Maia to stand again to end the round.
Maia entered the second to a contemptuous Anderson Silva. But Maia tried for a take down and got some low kicks for his troubles. But Silva spent most of the next two minutes taunting an intimidated Maia. And that's how he finished the rest of the round. Other than a few flurries Silva threw, the end of the round was a bit of a debacle as Silva taunted his countryman.
The third round continued the dreadful inert pattern of the earlier rounds. Then Silva taunted Maia with an incredible series of movements and threw only a couple of shots. Maia traded a straight for a kick to the body. Silva did the dreaded thigh punch. Silva jabbed as Maia landed then threw Maia off when he shot in.
Somehow Maia had survived into the championship rounds. Silva did nothing for the first minute and drew boos. Silva was doing nothing to win back disillusioned fans. Silva dwindled away minutes. By the end of the round Maia was mocking Silva who did nothing to stop it.
Maia entered the final round looking terrible after blowing a broken nose. Maia attacked madly at the third minute mark but scored no real damage. Silva looked tired but landed with a spinning back kick. Maia shot in for a fruitless take down attempt. Silva circled the ring as an angered Maia waved his arms. Then Silva scored with a combo. Then the ref called Silva for no action and threatened to take a point. Silva did nothing before the end.