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Anderson Silva: 'My game plan since the beginning was fight five rounds'



"There are many people saying I was disrespecting Cote, but this is absolutely not true. My game plan since the beginning was fight five rounds, inducing him to commit mistakes and capitalize on that during the first three rounds and look for the knockout during the fourth and fifth rounds. It was working, and the biggest proof of that is that I almost didn’t waste any blows. I connected with a couple of good punches and knees, but unfortunately he got hurt and the fight was over. This is not my fault."

UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva -- who never before had gone past the second round inside the Octagon in seven previous fights -- reveals his strategy for Patrick Cote at UFC 90: "Silva vs. Cote" at the Allstate Arena this past Saturday night. His approach and behavior inside the cage was puzzling and appeared to be out of character. In fact, it was perceived as bordering on disrespectful, which he argues was not his intent. However, the Brazilian indicates that he more than likely did all of it to prolong the fight. The million dollar question is ... why?

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