There has been no shortage of critics of Anderson Silva’s performance following his KO loss to Chris Weidman in July. Among them is legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach, who said that Silva lost because he was “lazy and playing around too much.”
Roach was recently interviewed on The MMA Hour, where he was asked about the Silva-Weidman fight.
“I definitely saw [Silva] get knocked out,” Roach said. “My thought on that is that he just plays around too much. I think it’s too easy for him sometimes. He just got caught playing around. In this sport, one punch can change things, and this isn’t a sport you should actually play.”
Roach feels that Silva gets bored easily because he’s so much better than most of his opponents.
“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,” Roach continued. “He is one of the best I’ve ever worked with. He understands timing and distance really well. 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.”
Roach is one of the most respected boxing coaches in the world, and was voted Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America a total of five times. He has trained MMA fighters such as Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn, as well as boxers such as Manny Pacquiao and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Silva and Weidman will clash again at UFC 168.