I went to bed last night thinking, "That was an odd fight." After reading some MMA sites today, I'm thinking, "These people are odd."
Somehow Anderson Silva's TKO victory over Patrick Cote has become a study in body language and intent. We have Steve Cofield of Yahoo, who thinks Silva was disrespectful when he bowed to Cote following the 1st Round. Whaaaaat?
Since when is a bow a sign of disrespect?
The only disrespect is from people like Josh Gross who write, "For the first time in his UFC career, Silva, 33, was pushed past the second round -- and that had little to do with his opponent." Yes, Cote had little to do with it. He wasn't the one getting hit with laser kicks and knees to the body. The same kicks and knees that obliterated Rich Franklin and so many others. Like it or not, Cote had more to do with Silva's performance last night than most want to admit.
For whatever reasons, Silva never felt comfortable in the cage. Cote deserves credit for taking Silva out of his usual mindset. He did some thing during those two rounds that confused Silva and made him gun shy. Don't take that away from him just because your expectations were not met.
When Rashad Evans spent the 1st Round doing nothing on way to a 2nd Round knockout of Chuck Liddell, he and his trainer Greg Jackson were declared geniuses. When Anderson Silva spends two rounds being cautious and letting the fight develop, he's a showboating jerk. For all we know, Silva might have been setting up the brutal knockout we all wanted to see. And for that, he's a jerk. I'm glad I'm not a fighter. You people are idiots.