Was Silva's intention sincere or was he toying with him again? Because I've never seen this in MMA before. Was he being disrespectful here?
- I'm entirely positive his intention was sincere. Considering he doesnt have a history of being "dirty" I dont think anyone should assume otherwise. It could be perceived as a bit disrespectful because of the "showboating" he was doing only minutes earlier... however I dont think he did it with any intent other than "hey we're gentleman, come on up and lets get this fight going again."
Also why do you think Cote refused it? Or why should he have accepted it? Was he right or was it disrespectful from him?
- I think he refused it because A)It *could* have been a trick, though I'm sure even Cote felt it was sincere, but you still dont take the chance, because if he'd have eaten a knee to the face and gotten KO'ed it'd still be a loss whether or not it was cheap. B) After the earlier antics of Silva, I think it was also gamesmanship on Cotes part, as taking the hand could have been taken as "weakness." Ultimately it was the right decision. I dont look at either guy differently because of it.
How do you explain/understand what happened in this precise moment?
-Just Silva trying to get the fight moving on, and I think trying to show he respected Cote enough to offer a hand up, with Cote simply being smart and also acknowledging that it IS a fight, and there is time to be "friends" afterwards.
Ultimately I'm sure there will be people who misinterpret either fighters actions as disrespectful when neither intended any.