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UFC 90: Cote blows out knee, Silva retains title

In an unfortunate turn of events at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois this evening, Patrick Cote blew out his knee in the opening moments of the third round during his middleweight title fight with Anderson Silva. Cote is the only competitor to take Silva into the third round during his UFC career and at the opening of the third frame he blew out his knee while hopping toward Anderson Silva in an attempt to engage.

It appeared as if Cote tweaked the knee during the second round while engaging with Silva but was able to shake it off and continue the round. During the opening moments of the third, however, the knee gave out on Cote and he was unable to continue the fight, awarding a disappointed Anderson Silva a TKO victory.

Before the accident Silva was more or less toying with Cote for the first two rounds, picking his spots and delivering vicious strikes almost at will when he wanted to, landing a nasty head kick, a vicious knee, and a straight left that rocked Cote’s head backward. Cote was unable to land anything significant but came out of the first two rounds almost unscathed except for a small cut on his forehead.

Both fighters were visibly disappointed with the outcome as Anderson Silva clearly wanted to finish the fight the right way and Cote was upset that his opportunity to shock the world had been taken from him due to an injury and not because Silva took it from him. There is no word on whether a rematch will take place at this point but it would seem only fair to both fighters, especially seeing as how Cote survived for two rounds against the sport’s most dangerous fighter.

In other action on the card, Thiago Alves won a unanimous decision victory over a very game Josh Koscheck. Alves caught Koscheck early on with a left hook that landed behind Koscheck’s ear and dropped him. It appeared that Alves might be able to finish from there but Koscheck was able to recover quickly and fight Alves tooth and nail until the end. Alves was able to pepper Koscheck’s legs with devastating leg kicks throughout the fight and also fended off all of Koscheck’s takedown attempts. It was an impressive win for Alves over a very legitimate welterweight contender. Alves proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is the clear cut number one contender for the 170 lbs. title in the UFC.

Gray Maynard was able to secure a unanimous decision victory over Rich Clementi in the third fight on the main card, using his outstanding wrestling ability to smother the crafty Clementi. Clementi never really threatened during the fight, on the feet or standing, and Maynard was able to take him down at will and neutralize Clementi’s ground game. The Chicago fans, who thought the fight was boring, booed Maynard during the decision and he apologized to them for a boring fight during the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.

Junior Dos Santos shocked most of the MMA world in defeating Fabricio Werdum in the opening moments of the first round. Dos Santos landed an absolutely crushing uppercut right on Werdum’s nose that dropped the Chute Boxe fighter to the ground. From there Dos Santos pounced on Werdum and landed a couple more shots before the referee stepped in to stop the fight. Impressive UFC debut against a heavyweight who was widely considered one of the best heavyweights in the world.

During the event’s opening bout on the main card, Sean Sherk bounced back from his loss against B.J. Penn, winning a unanimous decision victory over Tyson Griffin in what went down as one of the best fights of the evening. Griffin and Sherk traded blow for blow in the standup game because neither fighter was effectively able to take the other fighter down and keep them there. Sherk was able to take Griffin down a couple of times but was never able to keep him there. Griffin was always able to get back to his feet, shrug Sherk off him, and away they went with the kickboxing match. The two fighters seemed to be almost mirror images of one another and that made for a great fight with lots of striking action. Sherk did enough with the takedowns and his standup to come away with the decision.

The official results of the card are below:

Pete Sell def. Josh Burkman Decision (Unanimous)
Hermes Franca def. Marcus Aurelio Decision (Unanimous)
Dan Miller def. Matt Horwich Decision (Unanimous)
Spencer Fisher def. Shannon Gugerty Submission (Triangle Choke) 3 3:56
Thales Leites def. Drew McFedries Submission (Rear Naked choke) 1 1:18
Sean Sherk def. Tyson Griffin Decision (Unanimous)
Junior dos Santos def. Fabricio Werdum KO (Punches) 1 1:21
Gray Maynard def. Rich Clementi Decision (Unanimous)
Thiago Alves def. Josh Koscheck Decision (Unanimous)
Anderson Silva def. Patrick Cote TKO (Injured knee) 3 0:39

28 COMMENTS
  • Jesuz says:

    Crappy card….

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  • Ft. Dub says:

    Bummer of an end to the main event. Was it just me or does it look like Silva is starting to really believe all the hype? He either didn’t really respect Cote or thinks he can beat good fighters without really trying.

    Between all of the Matrix references and Joe Rogan kissing his ass, it seemed like he is starting to get cocky. If he continues with that style, we may see him get caught by a lesser fighter.

    And Cote’s chin is just sick.

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  • Jon says:

    I pray to god that they do not give Cote a rematch. Even though he went to the third round, it was only because Silva allowed him to by toying with him. He did nothing to show that he had a chance to win that fight. It would be a shame to waste one of Silva’s remaining fights before he retires on a rematch like this.

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  • ss_jmac says:

    i agree he is buying his own hype he is still the best but he needs to humble himself but cotes chin is sick on what account? silva didnt even test it his chin is overhyped as forrest being a champ.

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  • brett says:

    was it a crappy card because fights went the distance?

    get real. these guys fought their butts off. and they deserve respect.

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  • Procannonfodder says:

    I thought Anderson was beyond disrespectful how he was acting in the fight. If he does his job as a champion should, he clearly could have won that fight long before Cote’s ACL blows out. Running around and showboating, dancing, it was too much. Either he really didn’t want to be there or Cote disrespected him somehow, but he absolutely had no respect for Cote or the UFC for that matter.

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  • JollyDV says:

    Wow, I must not have been watching the same fight as you Procannonfodder.I saw Silva give a lot of respect. Which he always does. He and Cote bowed to each other after round 1. When he decided he did not want to be on the ground with Cote, he offered his hand. He didn’t do that to be disrespectful. They both were exaggerating their foot work, Since they both were doing it I don’t see it as disrespectful. I think they both realized the crowd was booing and it was becasue there was not alot of action. Neither one was ready to go forward with his guns blazing. They were being respectful of the others skills. When Anderson was waving his hands around the air to catch Cote off guard, it was just a tactic. I think in some ways Silva didn’t expect Cote to be so aggressive with him. Which in turn made Silva more cautious. I have never seen Anderson Silva behave in any way other than with the greatest of dignity and respect.

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  • damon says:

    Jolly you are right, i didnt see the fight so i will preface it with that, but silva is one on the MOST respectful fighters in the UFC today. I can not ever see a situation when most of the people watching a fight that he is in saying the same thing. Seeing his background as a true martial artist (plus how sincerly he was pissed after the last Junie antic on TUF) I just don’t know what he could of done for you to think like that. In every fight I have seen him in, which is before the UFC, he has always been one the those fighters the represented the arts in its truest forms. But i will give you a little of the, be it small, doubt because again i did not get to see this night.

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  • damon says:

    Jolly you are right, i didnt see the fight so i will preface it with that, but silva is one on the MOST respectful fighters in the UFC today. I can not ever see a situation when most of the people watching a fight that he is in saying the same thing. Seeing his background as a true martial artist (plus how sincerly he was pissed after the last Junie antic on TUF) I just don’t know what he could of done for you to think like that. In every fight I have seen him in, which is before the UFC, he has always been one the those fighters the represented the arts in its truest forms. But i will give you a little of the, be it small, doubt because again i did not get to see this night.

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  • Charlie says:

    hey adam, dos santos won by Knock out, not TKO as officially stated by UFC.com and the broadcasted results from the PPV.

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  • dpk says:

    It was a good card, I really enjoyed it. Sherk – Griffin was a great fight. Sherk proved that he isn’t going to be an easy stepping stone for anyone, and at the same time Griffin proved that he isn’t too far away from that top 10 level that Sherk is at. Dos Santos announced the arrival of a new HW prospect. Maynard passed through a tough gatekeeper at LW, and is probably right there close to Nate Diaz in the LW rankings. I didn’t think Alves would beat Kos, but he dismantled the guy ranked #2-3 in most rankings, he is deserving of a shot at the GSP – BJ winner.

    As far as Anderson Silva, I think that the hype is a little out of control at this point. he is the Pound for Pound king at this point, and hype is warranted but the ass kissing is out of control. They compared him to Roy Jones Jr. when he was coming in, and that is what I saw tonight. It looked like anytime Silva wanted to he could have turned it on and really made Cote eat some knees, and fist and he just kept dancing around. it was like watching a Roy Jones Jr. fight from about 10 years ago, when he was so much better than the competition, that you knew he could end it, but he let guys hang around with him. Me personally I would prefer it if he just destroyed the guy and moved on to the next victim. After the way Silva reacted to the end of the fight I wouldn’t be surprised if he moved back up to 205 for another fight either by the end of the year or at one of the January cards.

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  • Rich S. says:

    omg please tell me they’re going to get rid of McFedries now!

    i love the dude but good lord..
    he has a relatively weak chin..
    and he just had 2 back to back 1 minute submission losses.. seriously? how do you suck THAT bad..
    and doesn’t he train out of Miletich?
    WHAT THE F ARE THEY TRYING TO TEACH HIM UP THERE?
    OR BETTER YET, what AREN’T they trying to teach him..

    i think he’s a cool dude.. but.. for real.. become a boxer..

    PS= my UFC fantasy rank: –Your Ranking: 72 out of 20411–

    i thought that was pretty good but, there’s 2 dudes in the 5oz league that scored EVEN higher..

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  • Shatner says:

    Their going to match up Mcfedries and Houston Alexander.

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  • weoweoweo says:

    i have to disagree with you. Cote doesnt deserve a rematch. Silva was just toying around with him. Even if his knee was okay silva would surely go on and win. Cote did nothing to deserve a rematch. We have 5 silva fights left before he retires, do you want to waste one with Cote?

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  • screwface says:

    i think silva was trying to give his fans a good show, he knew he could finish cote quick, but was doing his best to entertain fans at same . im no fan of sherk but he fought a good fight, having said that i still think griffin won and was robbed by the judges unanimous decision. griffin took it ez in the third round thinking he had the fight in the bag, but apparently he doesnt know the ufc judges like we do, they quite often see a diff fight then everyone else, unfortunate but like i said sherks performance did impress me , i just dont think he won that fight. was a soso ufc overall, not good not bad.

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  • jonb says:

    I have been training in martial arts for over thirty years and what I saw tonight was a steaming pile of bullshit. Anderson Silva who I have had complete respect for since he bursted into the scene with his skillfull defeat of Chris Leben, clowned around and goofed on Cote for the first two rounds, completely out of character for Silva and then in round three Cote blows his own knee out which could happen to anybody. I thought it was fucked up that Silva although he coud have ended this fight at anytime ,continued to goof around walking and picking his shots at random, let Cote get to round three and ultimatley injure himself. Silva has allways displayed class and respect for his opponents however in this case he was show-boating and trying to put on a display of his superior skills. That is not what a worldclass athlete should do, he should have went out and fought to win from the beginning,not dance and walk to humilliate his opponate, Silva may be the pound for pound best fighter in MMA but he has lost a fan here. He may as well have been acting like the ego-centric Matt Hughes, and we see where that got him….

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  • jonb says:

    jollydv,
    it was painfully obvious that Silva was goofing on Cote, and rightfully so he shouldnt have gotten the fight in the first place. But Silva was straight up disrespectful of Cote and could have ended in round 1, ask James Irvin.

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  • JollyDV says:

    ok, JonB, you may be right. I have read many post similar to yours. I must have overlooked it, or something. He has always been such a classy fighter, maybe I don’t want to believe he would do that. Nevertheless, I do wish the fight had gotten to play out. I send a get well soon to Cote!

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  • tommyu says:

    hi, u know jollyDV i felt just like you. At first it didnt look at all if silva was “show-boating” or disrespecting cote in this fight. But watching it again i guess silva was acting out just alittle to much against cote. Well, enough to make it obvious to silva followers. I don’t think cote even took silvas acts as disrespectful or do i think it had any bearing of the fight plan cote had. it wasnt smart of silva to play cote the way he did but the out come of the fight would have been all silva anyways. Not a good fight but still a fight that i have no regrets of paying $44 to watch. I have been in the arts for over 26yrs and following silva before he joined the ufc, i truely do not believe silva disrespects cote or any other fighters in or out of the ring. Silva is young and a very classy fighter and lets not forget two divs world champion. THAT IS WHAT SHOULD BE RESPECTED. I SEND A PRAYER FOR COTE TO HAVE HIS KNEE HEAL FAST AND BE EVEN STRONGER AS HE RETURNS TO THE LIGHTS. THANKS

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  • James says:

    Yeah, im kinda disgusted with silva’s bows of respect and honor before and after the fight, yet during it he shows none…we’ve seen him hot dogging it in the past but this was his worst yet…as mentioned earlier, he’s just setting himself up to lose the title and i hope he does, no one likes a hypocrite

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  • matt says:

    silva was getting beat and he got lucky because cote was gonna decision him no doubt cote had him frustrated and he was able to get in his head he didnt fall for any of the shadyness from silva who if you dont beleve is a disrespectfull ass just go back and watch this whole fight but he was counterpunching and was unfazed by the shitty ass leg kicks being thrown out there by silva

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  • Ken says:

    matt ur dumb ass if u think silva was losing.. are u kidding silva was playing cite that whole match cause like everyone else knew cote can fight but he is not a factor to silva… lucky my ass thats why u will never be a critic nor a fighter u dont know wat ur talking about nor how to call a fight…. cote knew wat was gonna happen just like everyone one else that steps in front of silva….im not by far dis-crediting any of those fighters thay put in front off silva but thay know they need to bring there A game and cote didnt at all he felt like he need to swing for the fence.. he couldnt even phase silva not once. So move on an prepare for the next victim in silvas way to bring there A game or get theres ass handed to them simple as that. he is THE BEST POUND FOR POUND FIGHTER IN THE WORLD SO GET USE TO IT !!!!!

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  • Rich S. says:

    calling Spider disrespectful in this fight would be like calling Machida disrespectful, and i’m sure you would NEVER do that..

    all A.Silva did was counter..
    he KNEW that Cote has heavy hands..
    so he didn’t want to get TOO involved with those heavy hands [much like Bisping in the Leben fight, although different words were used to describe that one]

    it’s funny how in three fights, three men can have the same gameplan and one’s recognized as the best LHW striker in the world [Machida], one’s recognized as boring or afraid [Bisping] and one’s recognized as disrespectful [Silva].

    there’s no doubt that A.Silva is one of the most respectful athletes in the biz, if not THE MOST..
    so to call him disrespectful for deciding to counter a heavy handed striker is ludicrous in my book..
    and as far as i’m concerned, he went full force..
    that kick, and that knee in the 1st, would’ve knocked out anyone else..
    same for that straight left in the 2nd..

    I’ve never been a fan of Cote, but i have to commend his chin..

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  • Rich S. says:

    oh and ummmm…
    where are all the guys that say Sherk is nothing without the “juice”?

    cat got your toung now that he won without roids?

    yup..
    that’s what i thought..

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  • screwface says:

    rich not a lot of people agree that sherk won that fight, i gave sherk his props he fought well, but griffin was robbed in my book, and if you read up ull see what i said. sherk did impress me, im not bashing him but tyson controlled that fight from start to finish.

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  • Shatner says:

    If you think Tyson Griffin won that fight I am glad you’re not a judge.Sherk is the one who controlled the fight he had Tyson on his heels the whole fight worried Sherk was going to shoot in and take him down Sherk was also landing his left hook at will.

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  • HexRei says:

    I have to say Sherk won that fight. And this is coming from a guy who bet $$ on Griffin. It was very close but Sherk showed more control, and did get the only real takedowns which traditionally seem to be counted for points by NSAC judges even if they don’t do any real damage. Griffin put up a great fight and showed a lot of heart but that first round was brutally in Sherk’s favor and Griffin couldn’t quite make up for it in the later rounds.

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  • Rich S. says:

    I think you’re off your rocker if you think Griffin won.
    Sherk DEFINITELY won the first round. you CAN’T argue with that.
    and although Griffin started to show more aggression towards the end of the 2nd, it was AFTER an onslaught on Sherks behalf.. Sherks was landing punch after punch, and then that brutal combo that went unanswered..

    Thus, Sherk won r1 and r2 easy..

    I’m glad Sherk got the win.. in my book, Tyson’s the king of controversial decision wins.. I thought Clay Guida beat Griffin.. I thought Tavares did more work, and deserved the win over Griffin, and i thought that all those takedowns from Tibau should’ve gotten him the win over Griffin..

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