Yeah, he should be proud.
Considering that he didnt play Silva's game.
Each fighter wants to dictate the pace and direction of the fight.
Silva loves it when a fighter squares up to him and moves forward... so he can slip and slide laterally and counter.
Cote didnt have any of that... and people might bitch and moan about it, but Franklin learned the hard way that it was the wrong way to approach Silva after getting his nose relocated to the back of his head....twice.
Silva was trying to force Cote to chase him so that he could catch him reaching in... and totally Leben his head...
...But Cote had none of it.
I give props to Cote for using his brains... coming up with an effective game plan and sticking with it...
He forced Silva out of his game plan... made Silva come to him instead.
Getting Silva into the 3rd was a big win mentally for Cote... its been unfamiliar territory for Anderson for so long... and thats where you want your opponent mentally.
So yeah... he should be proud.