Silva / Cote fight confusion
First off, I just want to say that I am a big Silva fan and actually most of the time on this message board I am an avid reader and dont post very often.
After reading a few posts on here and reading some outside articles about the fight I wanted to post something. People are saying Silva was jacking around and not fighting like he should, but really he was fighting like he always does. He is mostly a counter striker, he capitalizes on mistakes. He feels his opponent out for a while and then goes for it. I think he has this approach for a couple of reasons. 1 - he is the reigning champ and is holding on to the belt. 2 - his fights are 5 rounds, not 3.
With that said, he hit Cote with 3-4 shots that are normally the beginning of the end for other fighters he has faced so far. That flying knee, kick to the face, and straight left down the pipe are all shots that normally either stun his opponent or knock them down. Thats what he does, look at the past. He either knocks them down and finishes them, or stuns them with an accurate shot and then finishes the fight.
The big difference in this fight is that those hard shots didnt really stun Cote. There was one time I could have swore he hit or kicked Cote and then just sighed like, damn what do I have to hit this guy with?
So in all, I just think it was a normal Anderson Silva fight, but fighting against an opponent with a good game plan and that can take a shot.
Just my opinion, and respect to Cote. With him being able to take those blows and hang in there, not telling what would have happened in later rounds, he might have caught Anderson...never know. Take note that I am an Anderson fan, and yes I do believe he would have won the fight in the end.
Opinions comments are welcome.