UFC 90: Silva vs. Cote took place this evening at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.
Patrick Cote looked to “shock the world” against UFC Middleweight Champ Anderson Silva.
Josh Koscheck stepped up on two weeks notice to face Thiago Alves in a potential number one welterweight contender match.
Sean Sherk and Tyson Griffin battled it out to stay relevant in the UFC’s lightweight title picture.
Fabricio Werdum, Gray Maynard, Rich Clementi, Hermes Franca and Marcus Aurelio were also in action.
Results and wrap-up after the jump.
- Anderson Silva defeats Patrick Cote via TKO (Knee Injury) in Round Three
- Thiago Alves defeats Josh Koscheck via Unanimous Decision
- Junior Dos Santos defeats Fabricio Werdum via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Sean Sherk defeats Tyson Griffin via Unanimous Decision
- Gray Maynard defeats Rich Clementi via Unanimous Decision
- Thales Leites defeats Drew McFedries via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round One
- Spencer Fisher defeats Shannon Gugerty via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round Three
- Dan Miller defeats Matt Horwich via Unanimous Decision
- Hermes Franca defeats Marcus Aurelio via Unanimous Decision
- Pete Sell defeats Josh Burkman via Unanimous Decision
Man, Sherk vs. Griffin was a hell of a fight, a lot better than I was expecting. It’s going to be hard to trump that for fight of the night. We knew it was gonna go to a decision and I’m glad it did. That was a fun one to watch. I’m good with the decision. It was a tough one to call, but I think the few takedowns made a difference. I gave it to Sherk 29-28 for rounds one and two.
Wow! That wasn’t supposed to happen. Junior dos Santos pulls off the huge upset against Fabricio Werdum. Quite a few were saying Santos was worth throwing some cash down on. If you were one of those who did, good on you. Unless Cote pulls out the miracle that definitely has to be the upset of the night. Guess there’s no need to complain about Werdum not being in the title picture anymore.
Did anyone else want Gray Maynard to sit up and tell the ref to shut the fuck up in the third round? Good God, he obviously doesn’t know what he’s watching. I understand it wasn’t the most exciting fight, but it wasn’t like Maynard fell asleep in Clementi’s guard. Anyways, good win for Maynard, and he definitely didn’t deserve all the boos.
Josh Koscheck is going to have a hell of a hard time walking tomorrow. Damn, those leg kicks were wicked. A hell of a fight though. Koscheck wasn’t going to win if he couldn’t get Alves to the ground and he couldn’t, but I thought he did a great job on the feet against arguably the best striker in the welterweight division. Love him or hate him, Kos is tough, you gotta give him that. On to Thiago, that kid’s a monster. I think I’d rather see him fight GSP instead of Penn in January. Can GSP strike with him, take him down? Those are questions I’m looking forward to seeing get answered. By the way, Jake Shields may be able to do a lot in the UFC, and I’m really high on him, but if he had a hard time with Paul Daley, he’s not going to beat Alves.
Man, what a shitty situation. I feel bad for Cote, Silva and the fans, especially the ones who paid hundreds of dollars to watch it live. It’s a disappointing ending, but shit happens I suppose. In case you missed it, Cote was bouncing around in the third and appeared to blow out his right knee and that was that. Up until then Cote was holding his own but really because Silva wasn’t doing much. He stayed on the outside for most of the fight and would periodically move in to and land a few shots but would then disengage or Cote would escape. It was like he was looking for his opportunity but never really found the one he really wanted. I don’t know if there should be a rematch or what but I feel really bad for Cote. His chance just slipped right through his fingers because of a freak accident.
With the exception of the main event, it was a pretty good event, better than I expected. The Sherk/Griffin fight was great, the Santos upset was huge, and the Alves/Koscheck fight didn’t disappoint. Too bad it ended the way it did though. That’s how the people in Chicago are going to remember it.
Submission of the Night: Spencer Fisher
Knockout of the Night: Junior dos Santos
Fight of the Night: Sean Sherk and Tyson Griffin ($65k each)
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $2.85 million
Bonus and live gate info via MMA Weekly