Anderson Silva & Patrick Cote
Dana White talking Anderson Silva with Steve Cofield on ESPN 1100 via Yahoo MMA Experts Blog
“A lot of people thought he was playing and goofing around but that’s not his personality. Guys come out sometimes and they’re not in their rythym. For some reason, they can’t pull the trigger and I think that’s what happened to Anderson tonight.”
“What else am I supposed to believe? Am I supposed to believe that he came out to not throw one punch or not do anything for three rounds? I don’t believe that.”
“I’ve known this guy for over two years, he’s anything but disrespectful.”
“You ever watch Star Trek? I wanted to transport myself back to Vegas in my bed. The whole time it was going I was beating my head against the table over there and trying to figure out what was going on.”
Everyone else seems giving out their opinions on what was going on with Anderson Silva, so here’s my two cents.
I’ve seen comments on Silva ranging everywhere from Cote was giving him problems to Silva was clowning him and disrespecting him. Honestly, I think it falls somewhere in the middle.
Cote obviously wasn’t the biggest challenge of Silva’s career, but my initial impressions while watching the fight was that Silva was staying on the outside trying to find what he thought was the right opening. Sure, he could have attacked and likely annihilated Cote at any point, but maybe he was trying to play it smart. Cote absorbed some wicked shots and kept going. He has a lot of power in his hands and Silva knew that. Perhaps, he was just afraid of getting “Liddell’d” (that is the new term for getting “caught” these days, right?).
As far as the notion that Silva was “disrespecting” Cote, I’m not buying that. Silva just doesn’t seem like the type. He’s always been very honorable in the past. Maybe he was trying to have a little fun, put on a little show, but I don’t think his intentions were to disrespect anybody, although I do see how that can be construed. The only part I had a problem with was when he put out his hand to help up Cote. Genuine or not, I found it to be a little condescending.
All that said, I think a lot of people are overreacting. It was a bad fight, definitely strange, but I don’t think it’s worth getting your feathers ruffled over. Only Silva and his trainers know for sure what he was doing last night, so we can debate all we want, but we’re likely not going to find the answer. I’m sure it will all be forgotten after his next performance.
By the way, I’ve never considered Anderson Silva the be “the best fighter in the world” or “p4p king” or whatever you want to call it (#2, yes), so I’m not a fanboy who thinks he walks on water. In fact, I’m rather indifferent about him. Just so you know where my point of view is coming from.