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Anderson Silva fires back: I’m the best in the world, to the joy of many and sorrow of others

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Anderson Silva responds to those who criticized him for his performance against Derek Brunson at UFC 208.

MMA: UFC 208 Silva vs Brunson Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Anderson Silva was able to get back on the winning track on Saturday night at UFC 208 when he defeated Derek Brunson via unanimous decision. But it was a fight that was marred by some controversy, particularly with how the fight was scored by the three judges.

Brunson himself put the fight into question, claiming that all three judges were probably too awestruck by Silva’s every move inside the cage.

“There’s no way he won that fight,” Brunson told Ariel Helwani during Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “The judges were just in awe, and every time he moved — as [Jon] Anik said on the broadcast — the crowd went crazy. It’s just crazy. It sucks for a fighter.”

From his end, Silva had been mum about the post-fight criticisms until Wednesday, when he released a lengthy social media post.

Nowadays it's easy to say that the fight is my root, there is a lot of people who talk about fighting and do not know what it says. So when you go up in the octagon, first look who I am, respect who got where I came from. I arrived very well, without disrespecting anyone, with much struggle and pride in the chest.

So, you who talk too much, find out first who I am and what I did in this sport.

Many people find me arrogant and overbearing? I can be it and more, not because I am considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. No, no, it's my feats, that's what I really did for this sport. I broke barriers all over the world where I fought, Pride, Shooto, Mecca and other events that these speakers have never heard of and do not know what they are like. I am from a different era, when had no weight limit or time limit. I really fought for passion, not for money or fame. Speakers and frustrated fighters, who read this text, I can be arrogant, arrogant and much more than that, I am Anderson Silva, who made and makes a difference in sports.

I'm not afraid and I do not flee fighting, I defended the belt for 10 years, none of the last champions managed to defend for more than 3 fights.

So thank you to all who like me and those who do not like me, they will have to accept that Anderson da Silva, The spider , is a fact and can not change. I'm the best in the world, yes! To the joy of many and the sorrow of others.

I can only say that we will soon see ourselves in the octagons of life.

Brunson initially wanted to appeal his loss, but had since changed his mind saying he is “more worried about getting another fight booked.”