October 26, 2008
You'd think that the MMA media paid $500 for their ringside seats by the way they went after UFC president Dana White and his middleweight champ Anderson Silva for what appeared to be showboating for two rounds of fighting in the UFC 90 main event. Patrick Cote suffered a fluke knee injury to hand the victory to Silva early in the third round. But the story of the fight for many was Silva's behavior and lack of activity. White came on ESPNRadio1100's post-fight show and refused to say that what Silva did was on purpose:
"A lot of people thought he was playing and goofing around but that's not his personality," said White. "Guys come out sometimes and they're not in their rythym. For some reason, they can't pull the trigger and I think that's what happened to Anderson tonight."
That was about the best White could come up with to answer his own questions:
"What else am I supposed to believe? Am I supposed to believe that he came out to not throw one punch or not do anything for three rounds? I don't believe that."
He said it simply doesn't play with Silva's normal mindset:
"I've known this guy for over two years, he's anything but disrespectful."
Click below to hear White's appearance on the post-fight show (ESPN1100):
White said he felt like he was in bizarro world when things came unraveled when Cote injured his knee:
"All I know is I wanted to put my head through the table I was sitting at. You ever watch Star Trek? I wanted to transport myself back to Vegas in my bed."
White also broke down the Sean Sherk win over Tyson Griffin and Junior Dos Santos' shocking upset against Fabricio Verdum. He also had a good theory about how his pre-fight video blogs had a major effect in Las Vegas.
Listen below to the replay of the UFC 90 post-fight show from the All-State Arena.
Part 1 (Cofield w/Adam Hill, Las Vegas Review-Journal):
Part 2 (Cofield w/ Neil Davidson, Canadian Press):
Part 3 (Cofield w/Elias Cepeda, InsideFighting.com and Hill):
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