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Old 07-22-2008, 07:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Okami offline, Silva vs Cote likely at UFC 88

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There has been a lot of speculation about how UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva would do fighting up in the 205-pound weight class. Some of those questions, and a few more that were posed, were answered on Saturday night in Las Vegas as Silva disposed of James Irvin in the first minute of the first round of their light heavyweight showdown at UFC Fight Night 14.



Though Silva proved that he has what it takes to fight at 205 pounds, his immediate plans don’t include another light heavyweight bout. Instead, he has plans to go back to middleweight and defend his title belt.



Even as the fight with Irvin was first announced, UFC president Dana White said that Silva would be making a quick stop at 205 and then defend his belt on Sept. 6 when the Ultimate Fighting Championship stops in Atlanta for the first time.



“Anderson Silva, being the monster that he is, you all know is going to move up to 205 on July 19… If everything goes well, he wants to move back to 185 and fight Sept. 6 in Atlanta, probably against Yushin Okami, then he wants to fight again two months later,” said White at the time.



But even the best-laid plans sometimes hit a snag, and so has Silva’s planned title defense at UFC 88 in Georgia.



“Okami’s out of that fight. He broke his hand. If (Silva) fights in September it’ll be (Patrick) Cote,” stated White at Saturday night’s post-fight press conference at the Palms in Las Vegas.



Cote recently solidified his spot in the queue of fighters waiting for a shot at Silva when he defeated Ricardo Almeida on July 5 at UFC 86.



“(Silva) said he wants to defend his 185-pound title. He said he wants to test the waters at 205. He did (on Saturday night),” continued White. “He’s going to defend his title again in September and then probably try to take another fight at 205.



“I think he wants to take his time. I think he wants to stay at 185 and completely clean out that division, go from there.”



Silva’s ambition puts him on task to fight at least two more times this year after already having fought twice earlier in 2008. It’s something that White admires about his champion.



“(Silva) took the fight (with Irvin) on short notice, moved up to 205, wants to fight all the best guys in the world at 185 pounds, wants to fight all the best guys at 205 pounds, wants to fight every three months… uh, yah. It’s a little difficult for us to move things around, but when a guy has that mentality… I love it.”
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I dont see anyway that Cote will be able to beat Silva, he barely deserves a title shot anyway.

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Old 07-22-2008, 07:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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damn he is all over the place =) 185 to 205 then back to 185 then back to 205
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the thing is, will okami still get an immidiate title shot when he recovers?

i reckon he'll be out for around 5 months, but it'll take longer for him to be training hard again. then again i don't think anyone can overtake okami in just 5-8 months, unless bisping keeps winning and fights as often as he has recently.

silva may have to take another fight at lhw after he beats cote so the ufc has enough time to find the next no1 contender.
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The Cote fight doesnt really interest me and i probably wont pay for it since Silva will kill Cote. I'm just waiting until Silva starts fighting some top 10 guys in the LHW division. There are so many great matchups that i would gladly throw down money to see like Silva against Griffin, Rampage, Liddell, Machida, etc.
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I like Cote, while I do not think he will beat Silva it could be a good fight. He also has knock so he could possibly rock SIlva. I fully believe Silva will win tho but anything can happen
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Looks like day in the cage for Silva... let's just start sending ice packs to Cote
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Damn, I hope this fight is at UFC 88!!!!!



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I'm still trying to get over my disppointment over Okami's injury- as I was super amped thinking about that rematch and seeing them fight. I like Cote and it will be interesting to see what Greg Jackson has in mind to handle Anderson(though their skill is very different possibly a preview of some of what he might have GSP try if that superfight happens down the line) and to see if Cote's chin can take enough punishment for him to deliever some blows with his heavy hands.

Anderson's crazy insane accuracy/movement and power is just beautiful to watch. The dude is smooth and fluid as water.
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Awesome, Silva gets an opponenet who matches up easily with him who he will kill and I get to here how he should be fighting at 205 and how he needn't bother with anyone at MW all over again.
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Awesome, Silva gets an opponenet who matches up easily with him who he will kill and I get to here how he should be fighting at 205 and how he needn't bother with anyone at MW all over again.
I'm afraid of that too and when I heard about the injury and then Silva's fight with Irvin I was thinking "man if he destroys Cote then a ton of people will want him to move up permanently."

I don't I wanna see the Okami rematch.
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