Various entities throughout the MMA media scope have been critical of Anderson Silva’s less than punishing performance against Patrick Cote at UFC 90 this past weekend. After much speculation as to what exactly the motivation was behind Silva’s unorthodox antics, the middleweight king has alas released a statement to Sherdog explaining his actions:
“There are many people saying I was disrespecting Cote, but this is absolutely not true. My game plan since the beginning was fight five rounds, inducing him to commit mistakes and capitalize on that during the first three rounds and look for the knockout during the fourth and fifth rounds. It was working, and the biggest proof of that is that I almost didn’t waste any blows. I connected with a couple of good punches and knees, but unfortunately he got hurt and the fight was over. This is not my fault.”
So there you have it. Silva didn’t mean any harm with that helping hand and the constant feet switching and so forth, it was just a well crafted strategy. Shocking how such a game plan made for the worst showing ever for the worlds “pound-for-pound” best. I would say that Silva should take a lesson from all of this and stick to his traditional, more exciting “immediate slaughter” strategy. But keep in mind the UFC offered little in serious competition with “The Predator” so can we really harp on the champ for not taking him any more seriously?