One interesting moment during the fight came when Silva had Cote down on the mat, rose to his feet, put his hands at his side and then reached out one hand to help the Canadian off the mat. Cote refused the help and some thought that Silva (pictured just before extending the offer) was mocking Cote. UFC middleweight contender Michael Bisping says it was strange and disingenuious:
"Anderson Silva is a very respectful fighter in and out of the cage (but) I'm not so sure I would've taken that too kindly. If I'm taken down or knocked down and then somebody gives me the hand, I wouldn't have taken kindly to that. Definitely not. I would have taken it as a bit of an insult. It's kind of insulting I'd say."
Click below to listen to Bisping on Setanta Sports' Ultimate Talk:
"It was strange tactics from Anderson Silva. He looked very sharp when he did attack. I frankly got the impression he could've ended the fight anytime he wanted. For one reason or the other he was holding back. I do feel if wanted to end it, he could've ended it."
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- Anderson Silva
- Michael Bisping
- Patrick Cote