What we saw this weekend was unprecedented in the history of our emerging sport, so it deserves our analysis and attention.
Some blame Dana White. Some blame Maia. Some even blame needing to defend a title belt against inferior contenders in the same weight class.
As of late, I have begun to seek analogs in other sports. When you think about it this way, it clearly shows Anderson Silva is solely at fault for UFC 112: Unwatchable.
Let's look at Anderson Silva in basketball. His name is Michael Jordan and he had every right to be bored and petulant because he was truly beyond anybody else on the court.
What would the fan reaction have been if Jordan decided to just dribble for the third and four periods of an NBA championship game? If he taunted his opponent as unmanly for not being able to steal the ball and overcome the lead that Jordan had built for his team in the first half?
Jordan would have been crucified, and rightly so.
It would be showing disdain for those of us who are willing to invest our attention in watching him perform. He rightly knew that he owed it to fans to make every ball touch pay back the investment of our attention.
That is what it is to be great. He tried to be the best on every play.
Whether it's Wayne Gretzky, Cal Ripkin, or Jerry Rice, great players are using every game and every play to build a legacy of excellence.
The best players perform at their best even when faced with inferior opponents--because the best always face inferior opponents!