Anderson Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, was asked by FightHype about what happened to the “real” Anderson Silva at UFC 90 and got this response, “Anderson felt like he broke him at the end of the 2nd round when he had him in the clinch kneeing him to the ribs. He walked into the 3rd round telling his coaches, ‘I got him now. I broke him!’ He was planning on finishing the fight in the 3rd round.”
When Silva did engage with Patrick Cote, it was clear that he could land anything he wanted but many were curious as to why Silva didn’t throw more strikes and be the assassin that he’s turned into since his first fight inside the Octagon.
“They trained to feel him [Patrick Cote] out for a round or two and try to take advantage of any opportunity,” Soares explained.
There are still plenty of opponents for Silva to fight now that an immediate re-match definitely won’t be taking place due to Cote’s knee injury. Silva would like to avenge his loss to Yushin Okami, but there’s also been rumblings regarding a possible superfight with either Georges St-Pierre or Chuck Liddell at some point in the future.