I was watching the recent UFC Q&A with Joe Rogan and he had an interesting response to a question about Anderson Silva's recent performances. I transcribed it below:
Joe Rogan: The reason why he stopped fighting, and this is only my personal opinion. The reason why he was dancing around in the 4th and 5th round, I think he got tired. That's what I think happened. I think all that explosive stuff he was doing, I think that wears you out. It's not like a normal pace. It's like sprinting and I think we were in a very humid climate, outdoors for the first time. I mean Abu Dhabi was hot. These bugs flying around look like birds. It was a freaky place. Does the environment, the stress of all the energy he was expending in those first few rounds have an affect?
I think he got tired and that's when Maia started coming after him and that's when Maia clipped him a couple of times. I think he didn't want to stand in there and you know, risk getting hit.........
I think Anderson is very aware that you know he's mortal, but yet he's put on this pedestal where he is like this almost this guy who's fighting in another dimension, like he's fighting in the matrix. He is so much better when he is explosive and fresh that I think he's aware of his own shortcomings as a human being.
I think that's one of the reasons why he sort of coasted in the Cote fight. I go back and when fights are questionable like that, one of the things I like to do is to go back and I watch them very carefully. I watched the Cote fight and I noticed there was a couple times where Cote clipped him with punches during the exchanges and I think he was aware like one of these could fuck me up! A couple times he got hit with some big shots in the exchanges and I think he just wanted to play it safe and make sure that what happened to Lyoto Machida is his last fight didn't happen to himself.
Very interesting observation from Rogan. Thoughts?