There were a lot of different reactions to Anderson Silva’s knockout at the hands of Chris Weidman at UFC 162 on Saturday. All across the globe—or at least the internet—people starting sharing their two cents, and some of these opinions were pretty hilarious.
However, there is perhaps no better way to get a handle on why the Silva knockout was significant than by looking at the reactions of other professional athletes on Twitter. After all, my understanding of the importance of respecting your opponent is purely theoretical. I haven’t played anything since the spring semester of my senior year of college, when my intramural kickball team lost the championship game. But pro athletes know first hand what it takes to compete and win at a high level. So if they find Silva’s loss particularly fascinating, that’s good reason to believe it was particularly fascinating.
Today, therefore, we’re going to take a look at some of the best Twitter reactions to the big KO from pro athletes. Some are funny and some are kind of deep, but they’re all interesting for one reason or another. Take a look.
Carrie Underwood's husband didn't pontificate or wax poetic. He kept it simple and stated the facts in a way that conveyed his disbelief.
As we make our way to the top of this list, the entries are going to get a lot more colorful.
19. Mike Fisher
Santonio Holmes was one of the few people to actually focus on the achievement of Chris Weidman rather than the failure of Anderson Silva. I'm sure Weidman's mom appreciated that.
18. Santonio Holmes
Soccer player Chris Wingert of Real Salt Lake was another athlete to focus on Weidman's victory rather than Silva's defeat. He apparently felt a special affinity for and bond with Weidman due to the fact that both are from Long Island, New York.
17. Chris Wingert
Meanwhile, D.C. United's Dwayne De Rosario (a Toronto native) was feeling all sympatico with fellow Canadian Georges St-Pierre. He gave the UFC superstar a shout-out for correctly asserting that Weidman was capable of defeating the Spider.
16. Dwane De Rosario
Larry Fitzgerald, the reigning "best dressed player in the NFL," expressed a sentiment that most of us were probably thinking. (I know I was.) Then one of his followers gave a nice snappy reply.
15. Larry Fitzgerald
Reggie Bush's reaction to the Silva knockout came in stages. First it was shock. Next came a commentary on Silva's performance and lack of respect for his opponent—which would turn out to be a recurring theme among pro athletes on Twitter. Then, finally, came recognition of Weidman's achievement.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, Reggie's next two tweets were about his Yves Saint Laurent shoes and how hard it is to what to order at The Cheesecake Factory.
14. Reggie Bush
Now we're getting into some of the more poignant tweets. Bobby Jackson, formerly of the Seattle Supersonics, tweeter a very simple phrase that every MMA fighter everywhere should have tattooed on their arms.
13. Bobby Jackson
Seahawks cornerback Will Blackmon started out by chiding Anderson Silva for not respecting his opponent. However, his thoughts (and tweets) quickly turned to talk of a conspiracy.
(Can anyone else explain how a Silva loss would set up a GSP-Spider superfight? Couldn't they have arranged that without Silva losing?)
12. Will Blackmon
Charlie Villaneuava of the Detroit Pistons provided a pretty nice real-time commentary on the Silva-Weidman fight that pretty much sums up the whole thing. If you mess around too much, you're going to pay the price eventually.
11. Charlie Villanueva
Apparently Jags running back Jordan Todman enjoys Anderson Silva's cocky attitude in the ring. However, he at least recognizes that it's that very attitude that came back to bite the Spider in the ass. It is all fun and games...until it's not.
(BTW, SMFH = "shaking my f**king head"...FYI)
10. Jordan Todman
You know which demographic of pro athletes typically hates showboating the most? Hockey players. These guys are perfectly willing to lose a few teeth if it will help their team win a game, so they've got no patience for people who don't take competition seriously.
9. Derick Brassard
See what I mean? Montreal Canadiens grinder Colby Armstrong is also not a fan of Anderson Silva's lack of respect.
8. Colby Armstrong
Even Colby Armstrong's 19-year-old teammate, Alex Galchenyuk, has a better understanding of the importance of taking a competitor seriously than the 38-year-old Silva, as evidenced by this rather poignant question.
7. Alex Galchenyuk
And what did Silva's effort at UFC 162 look like to somebody who doesn't watch much UFC? Well, it looked pretty much the same as it did to everyone else—it looked like Silva wasn't taking Weidman seriously.
6. Jay Bruce
Super Bowl XXXIX MVP Deion Branch told it like it is. Weidman capitalized, but Silva threw the fight away with his carelessness.
5. Deion Branch
And 2005 World Series MVP Jermaine Dye's critique of Anderson Silva was even more harsh than that of Branch. He flat out calls the guy a fool. Ouch.
4. Jermaine Dye
Of course, neither Deion Branch nor Jermaine Dye were even remotely has harsh on Silva as Colorado Avalanche center John Mitchell. This dude does not pull any punches.
3. John Mitchell
Oklahoma City Thunder forward responded to Silva's knockout with a sage maxim that every athlete should commit to heart: humble yourself, or the game will humble you.
2. Ronnie Brewer
I liked Brewer's advice, but I still have to give the top spot to Ryan Couture, the son of UFC legend Randy Couture. The 30-year-old may not be as successful as his dad was, but he's still learned enough from him to know what not to do. And of course, he's also got a pretty good sense of humor.
1. Ryan Couture
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