TORONTO - Middleweights Anderson Silva and Thales Leites continue to draw poor reviews for their lacklustre main event at UFC 97 last Saturday in Montreal.
''You never want to disrespect fellow fighters, much less two contesting a UFC world title, but I think both guys should hang their heads in shame, quite honestly,'' English middleweight Michael Bisping wrote in his weekly blog on www.ufc.com.
''Leites probably won the first two rounds but nothing happened in the fight.
''I fought on the first card in Montreal last April, and the Canadians are tremendous supporters of the UFC. They deserved a hell of a lot better than they got from these two. I've seen more aggression from my fiancee when she hits the January sales.''
Brazilian veteran Wanderlei (The Axe Murderer) Silva also had little good to say of his namesake's performance.
''Disrespect again,'' he is quoted on the magazine Fighters Only website (www.fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
''Disrespect to the public and so bad for the UFC, because everybody is waiting to see a great show. If you are going to fight in the main event you have a lot of responsibility because the fans pay to see (the fights) and this is bad for the sport. Everybody needs to have serious conduct in the fights, respect the fight.''
Middleweight champion Anderson Silva won his ninth straight in the UFC when he earned a unanimous decision over Leites. Both fighters came in for criticism after the fight - Silva for not opening up in attack and Leites for constantly flopping on his back, in a bid to bring the fight to the ground.
''Next time we have a party and Anderson is on the card . . . well, I'll just say that at least I can expect to take a bathroom break or to go grab a refreshment when it comes time for him to fight,'' former welterweight champion Matt Hughes wrote in his blog (www.matt-hughes.com).