In the days proceeding Anderson Silva’s third round TKO over Patrick Cote at UFC 90 this past weekend, many have spoken out about Silva’s perceived conduct during the course of the fight. But the one person who had yet to speak out was Silva himself.
However, during an article that appeared Tuesday on Sherdog.com, Silva finally was able to get his side of the story out publicly. And while many felt Silva’s behavior towards Cote was disrespectful, he had said that no ill will was intended on his part.
“There are many people saying I was disrespecting Cote, but this is absolutely not true,” Silva is quoted in the Sherdog article. “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.”
In regards to Silva’s next fight, he indicated that it was in the hands of the UFC. He has not dismissed the idea of a rematch vs. Cote if the promotion believes it’s warranted.
Another rumored matchup for Silva has been a return to the 205 pound division for a blockbuster against Chuck Liddell. Silva indicated that he has not heard anything from the UFC about the potential matchup but that he’s interesting in hearing what UFC President Dana White has to say about it.