(Silva keeps talking about the elusive "perfect fight" with "Inside MMA.")
You might think that Patrick Cote, of all people, would be somewhat sympathetic regarding the negative fan reaction after the five-round snoozer between Anderson Silva and Thales Leites at UFC 97. You’d be wrong. Despite being one half of a middleweight title fight that was unsatisfying for different reasons, Cote wasn’t afraid to come right out and blast Leites, telling FightHype.com the fight was “boring.” Which, of course, we already knew. But he didn’t stop there.
At least I tried to engage with Silva. …Fuck, I’m actually a little pissed. I like Thales and all, but that was awful. He looked very scared and nervous in there. I wasn’t scared at all. I want Silva back!”
That’s right, Cote wasn’t scared. He actually fucked Silva up real bad. What, that’s not how you remember it? Well then obviously you didn’t get hammered in your hotel room with a bunch of Patrick Cote’s friends after that fight.
Now that I think about it, the Leites/Silva fight may be the best thing that could have happened for Cote, and he’s right to try and capitalize on it. Even if the result wasn’t much better, he did attempt more offense during his time in the Octagon. Now instead of being remembered for being part of a terrible Silva fight, he can be remembered as the guy who at least tried to do something during the very beginning of what historians will later call Silva’s “Boring Period.”