Patrick Cote's chance to pull off a huge upset went up in smoke a few minutes prior to his crumpling to the mat early in the third round against Anderson Silva. 'The Predator' said he felt the right knee pop when he delivered a kick in the previous round. Between rounds, he told his trainer Mark Dellagrotte that he couldn't kick anymore.
Cote looked depressed when he first entered the room at the UFC 90 post-fight press conference but actually sounded pretty happy that he survived as long as he did against the dangerous Silva.
On the issue of Silva potentially disrespecting Cote with some of his antics, the French-Canadian was unphased:
"He had a gameplan, that's why he was like that. He was worried about the power in my hands. He was a little bit conservative. He was waiting for a good opportunity."
Click below to hear all of Cote's post-fight comments:
Cote was told that the early diagnosis was a torn meniscus not an ACL or MCL. He trailed 20-18 on two scorecards and was even 19-19 on the other starting the third round.