UFC middleweight contender Patrick Cote entered this past Saturday’s bout at UFC 90 against Champion Anderson Silva stating that he was set to shock the world. However, it was the UFC champion that left the MMA world shell-shocked. Silva had dominated his previous seven UFC opponents, taking no longer than two rounds to finish the best that the division had to offer. However on Saturday Silva seemed rather disinterested, if not bored during his victory over Cote.
“I’ve seen guys who get thrown out of their rhythm, or can’t find their range, or just can’t seem to get off, and maybe that’s what happened,” UFC President Dana White said in a video interview after the fight.
Since coming over from PrideFC, Silva has treated UFC fans to the most aggressive and lethal MMA game that the organization has ever seen. In his fight against Cote however, Silva seemed content to dance around the Octagon, not producing the same level of output that fans have grown accustomed to.
According to White, even Silva’s corner was frustrated with the champ’s performance, saying, “His corner guys were all lined up in that front row and they were screaming at him. Screaming at him.”
“That’s not him,” White added. “Okay, maybe he’ll move around a little bit, but then he let’s those hands go. It was weird. Anderson Silva was in a different place tonight.”
Silva wound up winning the fight when Cote suffered a freakish knee injury in the 3rdRound. As he planted to move towards Silva, his right knee just gave out and referee Herb Dean had no choice but to step in and stop the fight as Cote could not possibly continue.
The fight left most fans at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois wondering why Silva was doing Cote a favor and not punishing him like he should, and White completely confused.
“Anderson Silva’s the nicest guy in the world—he’s doesn’t help people up in the Octagon,” White said about his 185-pound champion. “He’s a killer when that bell rings.”
After the bout, Silva spoke as everything was fine, as though he didn’t just put on the most disappointing UFC performance of his career.
“We were putting on the fight that the world wanted to see, an entertaining fight…but unfortunately he got hurt, but we’ll be back again,” Silva stated in his post-fight Octagon interview.
Unfortunately Anderson, that was far from entertaining. If there turns out to be a rematch somewhere down the road, and certainly Cote deserves one for taking the champion further than any previous UFC opponent, here’s hoping that the old Anderson Silva will be back.
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