MANILA, Philippines – Boxing coach Freddie Roach said former UFC champion Anderson Silva paid the price when he decided to play around in his title defense against now middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
Roach, who worked with Silva, said the strategy proved to be costly for the Brazilian who eventually got pummeled after being clipped by Weidman’s left hook.
“I think he could've avoided taking those shots, but again, I'm not sure what his thought process was. I think he was just a little bit lazy and playing around too much,” said the hall-of-fame boxing trainer in MMA Fighting.
Roach described Silva as one of the most talented fighters he has ever trained and he believes the Brazilian wanted to spice the fight up by engaging in showboating tactics.
"The thing is, I think he gets a little bored in there because he's talented, and he seems like he's more talented than a lot of the guys. He is one of the best I've ever worked with,” said Roach.
Roach noted that losing is part of a fighter’s life.
"Obviously a loss is a loss. Regardless of how he lost or why he lost, it's not anyone's fault but your own," Roach said.
"It's part of his career, it's part of his life, so we can't say, ‘Well, he wasn't ready for that one,' or, ‘He didn't train for that one.' It is going to be part of his legacy and I think he needs to come back and come back well."