UFC 90 middleweight challenger Patrick Cote, who was unable to continue against Anderson Silva after suffering a knee injury early in the third round on Saturday, will undergo surgery next week to repair a torn meniscus and will be out of action for an estimated 6-8 months, according to Sportsnet.ca.
The injury first occurred in the second round as Cote attempted a kick, but the 185-pound contender continued into round three. Early in the third as he advanced toward Silva the knee gave way and Cote fell to the mat in pain in the opening minute and the fight was immediately waived off by referee Herb Dean, awarding Silva the TKO victory.
According to the report Cote originally suffered the injury more than a year ago then re-aggravated it four weeks ago. The injury was serious enough that he considered pulling out of the fight, but instead treated it with a cortisone shot in hopes that it would not be a factor in the contest.
The surgery puts any hopes of an immediate rematch on ice, though fans have decidedly mixed feelings on whether one should take place at all. Many (myself included) applauded Cote’s ability to make it to third round with Silva, while others have criticized Silva as being disinterested in the fight and not fully engaging Cote during the two-plus rounds.