There's still no clear answer on what Anderson Silva was doing during his fight with Patrick Cote at UFC 90. He spent 10 minutes dancing, twirling his fists and at one point offered to help Cote off the mat. He was clearly mocking Cote and not coming clean about it after the fight is a sham.
Silva said the inactivity and clowning was his strategy:
"I never underestimate any of my opponents. That was my strategy. He was lost. He could never find me. That was the strategy, I was trying to confuse him." But a few comments later during the presser, Silva's defense of his action were unveiled as shady when he said he apologized to UFC president Dana White:
"I apologized because I trained really hard to go the full five rounds. I really feel like I owe everyone an apology. I owe you guys an apology, the fans an apology and Dana an apology." What was he apologizing for? He stated that he was sorry that Cote got injured. Why would he have to apologize for an opponent's injury?
Click below to hear Silva's post-fight comments with the help of translator Ed Soares:
Dana White's excuse that Silva simply had a bad night doesn't hold water. It was clear in the five exchanges during the 10+ minutes, Silva could overwhelm Cote at any point.
The damage has been done. Silva produced the ultimate double whammy. He wouldn't cooperate with the big city media before the fight, came off as a clown during the event and finished the evening assuming that the fans and media are stupid with his flimsy excuses.
We should've known what Silva thought of the fight by the look on his face during the pre-fight presser. I wonder what someone like Matt Hughes would say about the performance? Remember that he was the guy who trashed Rashad Evans when he pulled similar antics during his early fights on The Ultimate Fighter 2. Sean Sherk was clearly biting his tongue commenting on the Silva fight during the post-fight presser.
One UFC fighter in attendance at the All-State Arena told Yahoo! Sports that he thought for a second that it looked like Silva had money on the fight and had to carry to a certain round. Thanks boxing and EliteXC, now you've got UFC fighters suggesting shady action during a fight.