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Have Brazilian fans now turned on Silva?

Steve Cofield

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Anderson Silva has a lot of people angry after UFC 112. Dana White's No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter chided, clowned and mocked his opponent Demian Maia but never put away his overmatched countryman. We know there's plenty of American mixed martial arts fans but Fighter's Only Magazine is claiming that more than a few Brazilians think Silva crossed even more severe lines in his homeland.

Silva could be seen gesturing and talking to Maia at different points in the fight. He often pointed to the ground and when Maia went to his back, Silva yelled at him. What was he saying?

Silva allegedly stated in Portuguese, "Bate na minha cara playboy." This is apparently translated into English as "Come on, hit me in the face playboy."

"Playboy" is actually is a tremendous insult in Brazil because of the class divisions in the country between rich and poor. In Brazil, playboys are hedonistic rich people that are pampered and care nothing for poor people and know nothing about actual life.

Is that an accurate interpretation? Would that be an insult here?

Update: FO is now saying the playboy statement came from Silva's corner.

Silva also allegedly mocked Maia about his jiu-jitsu background.

Silva also is said to have stated "Cade o Jiu-Jitsu?" or in English, "Where is your Jiu-Jitsu?"

When Maia could not get Silva to the floor, Silva is said to have shouted "Get up off your ass and get hit some more."

It doesn't sound like a big deal to me. If this were a basketball or football game, no problem. Almost everything is fair game in the U.S. In Brazil, it may be a different story. You would like to think the lack of action for a third time in four fights would simply be enough to have Brazilians about embarrassed about their guy. We'll find out in the coming days.

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