While many of those watching the fight might not agree, Anderson Silva thought he deserved the decision he received against Derek Brunson at UFC 208.
Silva defeated Brunson via unanimous decision in Saturday’s co-main event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, giving “The Spider” his first true Octagon triumph since October 2012. * While judges Doug Crosby, Eric Colon and Derek Cleary all submitted scorecards in favor of the Brazilian star, 19 of the 23 media members tracked by MMADecisions.com had Brunson winning the fight.
“I think I win the [first] two rounds. The last round I don’t think so,” Silva said at the post-fight press conference. “But that’s a good question for the judges because I defended takedowns. The last round, my opponent put me on the ground, but I attacked more.”
Brunson, who has lost two straight following a five-bout winning streak, disagreed with both Silva’s and the cageside judges’ assessment of the fight.
“Everyone is telling me that I won. I feel terrible. It’s not Anderson’s fault or the UFC’s fault. I took this fight on short notice and, to have this happen, is just crazy to me,” Brunson said. “I take this seriously. This is my job. I put everything into this and I got robbed. It sucks.”
Once regarded as perhaps the sport’s best pound-for-pound fighter, the 41-year-old Silva has no trouble cracking jokes about his advanced age in a what is a young man’s game. That said, he doesn’t plan on stepping away just yet.
“I’m old. I’m very old,” he said. “One of the guys said, ‘You’re too old.’ But I have a lot of experience. I have perfect time. This is more important.”
While his skills might not be what they once were, Silva still has confidence in himself, despite the self-deprecating comments regarding his age.
“This is inside the mind. In my mind I’m joking the whole time,” he said. “Yeah I’m old, but I don’t think this is very important because I have a good team to help me for training. I have a good life. All the time I keep my focus. I’m just joking when I’m talking about this because in my mind, I’m young.”
Silva reiterated that he plans on returning to the Octagon, but that date is unknown. For now, “The Spider” would prefer to focus on spending time with loved ones until the UFC comes calling again.
“Yeah of course [I want to fight again], but my focus now is back to my family,” he said. “Back to see my wife and my kids. I have a different focus outside the cage, and I go back to home.
“I’m just waiting for my next challenge inside the cage. But now, I need to rest a little bit. I’m old.”
* Editor's note: Sherdog.com updated this item at 4:27 p.m. ET on Feb. 13 to correct the judge names. Sherdog had incorrectly reported the judges as Jeff Mullen, Sal D'Amato and Chris Lee, who scored the Holm-De Randamie fight, not Silva-Brunson. We apologize for this error.