When met with defeat, Anderson Silva reacts just like you or me

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Anderson Silva trapped by the Jiu-Jitsu of Daiju Takase, one of the few to have beaten him. Photo: Susumu Nagao.

Anderson Silva trapped by the Jiu-Jitsu of Daiju Takase, one of the few to have beaten him. Photo: Susumu Nagao.

In this video dug up by the folks at CagePotato.com, the camera crew filming Pride 26 caught Anderson Silva irate after tapping to Daiju Takase, in 2003.

Anderson, as the footage shows, tapped to a triangle, a Jiu-Jitsu move he’d practiced defending “more than a hundred times,” as he repeats to Rudimar Fedrigo, Nino Schembri and Jorge “Joinha” Guimarães 3:50 minutes into the video.

First he said this to himself:

Sheesh, Anderson.
What was that? You blew it.
Jeez, you practiced it a lot there.
%$#@ that #%#*! (screaming)
Thank you … (Elvis Nino and another person)
(talking to teammates)
@#$*, I trained more than one hundred ways to get out of that $#&%ing infernal triangle!
&%$& that &*&¨@! &%$&!

The footage, taken years before Anderson reached the pinnacle of MMA stardom in the UFC, harbors a few lessons:

1. BAD DAYS HAPPEN IN JIU-JITSU

Even if you repeat a position a thousand times, you do get caught by surprise in Jiu-Jitsu. Accept it.

2. TAPPING OUT COULD BE JUST THE BEGINNING

If you tap out, it’s not the end of the world. Keep at it.

3. THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS INVINCIBLE

All fighters meet defeat one day. Get over it and keep going.

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