(Cote, in the process of claiming the center of the Octagon.)
You could forgive a guy for being a little detached from reality after fighting Anderson Silva. If you’re someone who beats up other dudes for a living and suddenly you come face to face with the distinct possibility that another person is much, much better at this than you, your mind probably has a little bit of a meltdown. That phenomenon, plus maybe some mind-altering substances, seemed like enough to explain this video.
But lo these many months later, as Patrick Cote prepares for a return to the Octagon at UFC 113 on
May 1 May 8, he still subscribes to an alternate version of what was going on at UFC 90. Not only does he think he was doing really well against the middleweight champ, he wouldn’t change a thing if they met for a rematch:
"If I fight him again I think I am going to do the same thing, I think I learned that if you’re not scarred of him right away you have a good chance to win and that’s what I did. I was there in the first second of the fight, I took the centre of the octagon and I showed him I wasn’t scarred of him."
For the last time, you were not winning that fight. You were merely still in the fight when you got hurt. And as for being unafraid of Silva, I think we can add that to the long list of other failed strategies for toppling the champ. It’s right there with rough-necking him, refusing to go on the defensive, and not getting frustrated when you miss as sure-fire game plans that yielded painful results.
Silva is not a schoolyard bully. He’s not winning all these fights because people are too afraid to stand up to him. He’s winning because he’s on some next-level Jedi shit. A lot of guys have gone in there against him telling themselves that they won’t get scared or discouraged or frustrated. Not a lot of guys have been successful with that approach. Shouldn’t that tell us something?