Saturday at UFC 153, Stephen Bonnar tried his best to overcome Anderson Silva but he never came close to doing anything at all to hurt the UFC middleweight champion as Silva managed to take him down in the opening round of the fight.
UFC 153 was Silva’s 16 win at UFC. Patrick Cote was Silva’s 8th win; the fighter is now a commentator at Sherdog Radio Network’s “Rewind” show. He recently discussed how it was like to be at the Octagon defending your life and hoping you have a chance against the pound-for-pound champ.
Cote remarked: “It’s very complicated to fight this guy because you never know what’s going to happen or what he’s going to do. We say what he did Saturday night. Once again he did something new. He was staying against the fence and he was playing with Bonnar.” Cote added: “Bonnar is no joke. Bonnar is a good fighter. He’s tough. He’s durable and Silva was playing with him like a little kid.”
Patrick Cote fought Silva in 2008 at UFC 90. The fight had to be stopped on the third round as he tore his ACL. “It is hard to explain how to fight him. Because if you go forward, he’s behind you. You try to hit him and he’s not there. It’s very, very weird.” Cote exclaimed that lasting about 10 minutes on the Octagon with the Brazilian is already a feat in itself.
Anderson “The Spider” Silva has one of the most impressive spreadsheets of all time in MMA history. He has a total of 33 wins and only 4 losses in his career. His recent win over Stephen Bonnar at UFC 153 was his 16th at UFC but was his 17th consecutive win since his last defeat over four years ago to Yushin Okami at the Rumble on the Rock 8. He has been so successful in his career defeating prized fighters like Dan Henderson, Nate Marquardt, Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort and Forrest Griffin to name a few. Silva and Okami met once more at UFC 134 in a headliner fight with The Spider victorious. Cote was right to mention that you have to expect the unexpected with Silva since he is very good in almost all of his routines and moves. He can leash out an armbar, punches and chokes to take you down any time he wish. “He is very accurate, not throwing anything for nothing… I think that’s why he’s so impressive – he is so accurate.” Cote added.