Originally Posted by JT42
Cote is a good fighter and I hope to see him return but I highly doubt he will get to fight Silva again. By the time he returns and strings together a couple of good wins I think Silva will have either moved on or been beaten
Really? I know he's talking retirement and boxing, and taking fights at LHW. But who at MW do you think is capable of beating him by June (when Cote anticipates a return)? Okami?
I'm a Cote fan and I'd like to see the rematch. Obviously Anderson would be the favourite, but Cote's a tough underdog with attributes that could conceivably get him the win. In their first fight, Silva's timing and movement were clearly better. Cote didn't overcommit, showed a great chin, and was clearly executing a game plan. He took damage but didn't get into serious trouble he couldn't handle. Cote was trying to anticipate Silva's timing, but wasn't successful in the first two rounds. Sooner or later, Silva would have either stunned and finished Cote with a flurry or made a mistake and left himself open for a Cote bomb. I don't think it would have gone to decision either way.
Not saying Cote would beat Silva in a rematch, or that he was winning the first fight. However, Cote took damage but wasn't really dominated (certainly not mentally dominated) at any point in their fight. Other than Okami, there don't seem to be a lot of viable MW contenders. I hope we see Silva-Okami in March or April and Silva-Cote 2 in June or July.