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UFC needs to challenge Silva
Everyone showed up in suburban Chicago looking for Silva to deliver one of his Mike Tyson-esque destructions of Cote, the heavy underdog. This is what Silva fights are about, some violent combination of punches, knees and kicks that render opponents senseless. Not on Saturday. While Cote deserves credit for fearlessly standing in front of him, this was about Silva, arguably the best fighter in the world, deciding not to do much fighting.
Dana White's UFC 90 Vlog: Episode 6
NEW Rick Franklin Interview Says "GSP Could Beat Anderson"
Good Rich interview. Says GSP can beat Anderson, they ask him if he was offered the job of TUF coach and a bunch of other stuff. Top of Page. I thought Rich would have said GSP has no shot. You guys agree with him?
Sean Sherk reinvents himself at UFC 90
“This was a great fight and a great opportunity for me to come out and show some stuff that people haven’t seen before. I want to show everyone that I’m growing as a fighter and show everyone that I’m three dimensional. I though I did that tonight. And hopefully I get to fight the winner of Joe [Stevenson] and Kenny [Florian] next. That’s my goal.” At the ripe old age of 35, former lightweight champion Sean Sherk talks after defeating Tyson Griffin via unanimous decision at UFC 90: “Silva vs. Cote” last night about the improvements he has made to his all around mixed martial arts game. Primarily known for his overwhelming wrestling, Sherk demonstrated a much improved striking attack and was not as one dimensional, earning him and Griffin the “Fight of the Night.” It’s a match up that many fans predicted going in would be dull because of the wrestling backgrounds of both fighters. That simply was not the case.
Dan Miller vs. Matt Horwich Prelim Streaming on UFC.com
Did Anderson Silva Disrespect the Fans and Patrick Cote?
Kevin Iole jumps his case: In a lame attempt at humor, Silva made a mockery of himself, his title and his sport in one of the most bizarre matches in UFC history. "I think I’m living in an alternate universe," a befuddled UFC president Dana White said, shaking his head. "That was bizarro world." Silva retained the belt when Cote collapsed in agony 39 seconds into the third round as he went to throw a punch. He later said he aggravated an old knee injury and was heading to the hospital, believing he had damaged the meniscus in his right knee. The near-sellout crowd of 15,359 booed Cote roundly, but it was Silva who really deserved its wrath. There was no fighting in the match, largely because Silva opted not to fight. On the rare occasions Silva chose to engage, he got far better of the few exchanges. Steve Cofield jumps in as well: ...the story of the night was Silva (23-4, 8-0 UFC) turning off the crowd by clowning around for the first 10 minutes. Between dancing around the ring, twirling his hands, bowing disrespectfully towards Cote at the end of the first and at one point offering a hand to help Cote off the floor, Silva came off as a big jerk. He went from displaying a Muhammed Ali-like playful aura early in the fight to looking like he was sticking it to the UFC for matching him up against such a longshot. Iole is presumably in his usual role of Dana White's mouthpiece but Cofield is known as an independent voice. While I was as bummed as the next guy when Cote's knee blew out, I'm certainly not ready to start hating on Anderson Silva. If Dana White can't find worthy opponents for the "greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the sport" then he shouldn't be surprised when things go awry. Put Silva in the cage with Chuck Liddell ASAP. Resign Matt Lindland. Give Henderson or Marquardt another shot. Sign Gegard Mousasi, Jacare, Frank Shamrock, Cung Le, Robbie Lawler, somebody! Let Anderson box Roy Jones, Jr. Give the man some challenges worthy of his abilities. The man's talking about retirement for a reason. He's totally bored out of his mind. When a competitor of his skill and ability is put in the cage with an opponent he can toy with, no one should be surprised when that's what he does. Sam Caplan agrees: I did not see an unmotivated Silva take it easy last night and try to take liberties with Cote. I did not see a champion fight with over-confidence. Rather, I saw Silva fight with extreme caution. I saw a man who did everything in his power to avoid a repeat occurrence of the UFC 69 upset of then-welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre against the underdog of underdogs, Matt Serra. I saw a man who respected Cote’s punching power and had enough respect for him not to present his chin on a silver platter, much like Chuck Liddell did to Rashad Evans last month at UFC 88. Granted, there were times where Silva dropped his hands, but he was always out of striking distance when he did so. The way I saw it, Silva didn’t want to press Cote and risk a knockout and instead wanted to take advantage of his reach by making Cote push the pace so that he could counter. I didn’t see Silva take his opponent lightly; I saw a fighter in Cote who absorbed some tremendous combinations from Silva and barely winced after absorbing knees to the face. From
UFC 90 bonuses and awards. (spoilers)
UFC 90: “Silva vs Cote” from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois has come to a close. Heres the bonuses
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Patrick Cote is consistently confident and …
Quoteworthy: “I ain’t scared of him and I like my chances against him…. We’re going to push the pace and we’re going to give him a real war…. I do this sport to be world champ…. I can’t wait to unleash the fury and just be the next champion of the world.” Patrick Cote has been making seemingly crazy statements like this for the past two months leading up to his fight with 185-pound champion Anderson Silva at UFC 90: “Silva vs. Cote” at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., on October 25. He has not wavered. It’s quite a strategy to adopt, considering the highlight reel track record that “The Spider” boasts against those foolish enough to simply stand and trade. So since it is finally fight day we ask our readers: Is Patrick Cote bluffing, brilliant or braindead?
UFC 90 video blog with Dana White (Day five)
mattew riddle's tuf 8 blog
As for the show, I was going to start cutting down to 155 just so I could beat Junie senseless. After reading Ryan Bader’s blog I realized that Junie might be heading to 170 with Haagen-Dazs as the main sponsor. That and I promised my Mom I would never pick on children with special needs are the only reasons I have not flown out to Kentucky to smash him. I thought it would be impossible to have someone who is a bigger loser then Jeremy May on the show and they proved me wrong........ WAR CHIPPER!!!! I love the junie hate!
Submitted Oct 25, 2008 5:24AM by AnDeRsonDaSiLvA - 14 comments
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Anderson Silva back to LHW with Patrick Cote UFC 90 win
“If Anderson wins this fight on Saturday night, I think we’ll look for another fight for him at 205 (light heavyweight), then we’ll figure out in the 185-pound (middleweight) division what’s next.” – UFC President Dana White tells USA Today that if middleweight champion Anderson Silva can defeat Patrick Cote at UFC 90: “Silva vs. Cote” later this evening that “The Spider” will likely climb back up and test the light heavyweight waters. The Brazilian recently made the move up at UFC Fight Night 15, annihilating James Irvin with a punishing first round technical knockout in July. One would imagine that this time around White would book Silva in a big money match against a high profile name in the 205-pound division to get the most out of his talented star, who he refers to frequently as the best mixed martial arts fighter in the world today. White has even mentioned that if Silva is up for it he can get him back in action within the next two months, meaning he would be in line for another appearance as soon as UFC 92: “The Ultimate 2008? on December 27 or an event scheduled shortly thereafter. Former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell is a juicy option … but who would you like to see Silva challenge next if he makes the jump? Sound off in the the comments section below.
Friends Fighting Friends
They say familiarity breeds contempt, but in the world of mixed martial arts, the lines are a bit more blurry. Promoters often pit teammate against teammate, friend against friend, in their pursuit of financial success. Some fighters refuse those advances, no matter the lure. “We won’t fight each other,” says famed mixed martial arts trainer Greg Jackson when asked about a potential fight between two of his top protégés, Rashad Evans and Keith Jardine. Former UFC light heavyweight champions Tito Ortiz and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson have pledged never to fight unless the money was “right.” Other competitors seem to have no trouble putting relationships on the back burner and going toe-to-toe with their friends. Karl James Noons and Yves Edwards come to mind. Few dynamics can match friend-versus-friend in terms of piquing interest. One needs only to look at the clashes between Ortiz and Chuck Liddell to understand the hype such fights can generate. In the case of James Irvin and Scott Smith or Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin, mixing it up inside the cage can forge even stronger bonds and lead today’s modern-day gladiators to hone their games inside the same gym as their former opponents. Here are some past, scheduled and potential bouts with thick plotlines...
Submitted Oct 24, 2008 9:06PM by ncordless - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
COTE: FROM 0-4 IN THE UFC TO MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE CHALLENGER
UFC 90 weigh in results
Perhaps the biggest questions heading into the event was whether or not Thiago Alves could hit the scale with no problems. “The Pitbull” came in at a ready 171 pounds, using the one pound over the division limit that is alloted to all fighters in nontitle fights. Josh Burkman was not as fortunate. “The People’s Warrior” has one hour to shed the additional two pounds and try again; otherwise, he risks having his purse garnished. Here are the official UFC 90 weigh-in results: 185 lbs.: Anderson Silva (184) vs. Patrick Cote (183) 170 lbs.: Thiago Alves (171) vs. Josh Koscheck (170) 265 lbs.: Fabricio Werdum (256) vs. Junior Dos Santos (234) 155 lbs.: Sean Sherk (156) vs. Tyson Griffin (155) 155 lbs.: Gray Maynard (155) vs. Rich Clementi (156) 185 lbs.: Thales Leites (186) vs. Drew McFedries (186) 155 lbs.: Spencer Fisher (155) vs. Shannon Gugerty (156) 185 lbs.: Dan Miller (185) vs. Matt Horwich (186) 155 lbs.: Hermes Franca (156) vs. Marcus Aurelio (156) 170 lbs.: Pete Sell (170) vs. Josh Burkman (173) *Note: Fighters are allowed to weigh one pound more than the division limit in non-title fights.
GSP On: BJ, UFC 94 + Much, Much More...
Hamill vs. Andy Nearly Set For UFC 92
Coming off only his second UFC loss, Matt Hamill appears set to return to action at UFC 92. He likely will face Reese Andy in a matchup of fighters coming off losses.
PICS and Article about Cote, KenFlo, Quarry and Batman - Good read
Good pics and write up about Strength coach getting Cote's ready for UFC 90 along with Kenny and Nate Quarry. I'm saying Kenny and Nate will win their next fights, but Cote is in very tough.
Marcus Davis unsure if Chris Lytle deserves a fight against him at UFC 93
“I don’t mind Chris calling me out, it’s part of the game. I certainly didn’t take offense. He had warned me beforehand that he was going to do it, so I don’t consider it disrespectful or anything. I like Chris and think he is a great guy but I don’t know whether he deserves a fight against me. People always say that Chris is the ‘gatekeeper’ to our division, but I think that I am past the gate at the moment. I have spoken to a few people who have told me that they actually think Paul Taylor won that fight against Chris. I beat Paul in one round (in September 2007), so I’m just not sure. But, of course, if that is the fight that the UFC want, then I am more than happy.”
Shades of Gray: Interview with Gray Maynard
UFC lightweight Gray Maynard knows a thing or two about labels. Like most amateur fighters who find their way into the UFC spotlight through a stint on The Ultimate Fighter reality show, Maynard has to work twice as hard to prove that skill — not television — is what landed him a spot on the active UFC roster. So far, so good. “The Bully” has kept his professional win streak intact inside the Octagon, winning three straight fights since a bizarre simultaneous knockout/tapout against Rob Emerson at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5 Finale in June 2007. In addition, Maynard knows that he’s more than “just a wrestler” — something he intends to prove in his first appearance on a major UFC pay-per-view. Gray brings us up to speed on everything from his days as a collegiate wrestler, life in the TUF mansion and the surprising phone call he got that would change his life forever.
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