This wasn’t the first time Anderson Silva dropped his hands and clowned in the cage (Photos)

Maggie Hendricks

What set up Anderson Silva's stunning loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 162 was a game that Silva had dangerously played many times in previous fights. Silva put his hands down and clowned around in the cage. That's when Weidman continued to charge forward and landed the knockout punch when Silva.

This isn't the first time he's dropped his hands in a fight, but it's never come back to haunt him like it did here.

He did it against Stephan Bonnar, and won with a first-round knockout.

He did it against Yushin Okami, and won with a second-round knockout.

He did it against Forrest Griffin, and won with a second-round knockout. He did it against Thales Leites and Demian Maia, as well.

Silva has clowned around in the cage and dropped his hands many times, and it never ended in a UFC loss. Perhaps it was a way to get in his opponents' heads, or it was Silva's way of having fun in the cage. Weidman is the first fighter who could get his hands on Silva as he clowned. It's why he's the champ, and Silva is without the belt for the first time since 2006.

What to Read Next