UFC 90 ends in disappointment

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva looks on as challenger Patrick Cote injures his knee in...

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva looks on as challenger Patrick Cote injures his knee in the third round of their title fight at UFC 90. (UFC photo)

NEIL SPRINGER -- SLAM! Sports

, Last Updated: 11:17 AM ET

You hate to see it end this way -- an enjoyable night of fights, capped off by an unfortunate injury.

Going into UFC 90, few gave Canadian Patrick (The Predator) Cote a chance to dethrone middleweight champion Anderson (The Spider) Silva. The tough Brazilian has been so untouchable in the UFC thus far that none of his opponents have made it past the second round.

To everyone's surprise, Silva didn't appear to be the same fighter who has been terrorizing the 185-lbs. division. Spending a lot of time showing off footwork and switching stances, The Spider threw little in the way of strikes in the first round.

He did manage to cut Cote, but it wasn't enough to put him down. The second round saw a little more action, but it was more of the same -- Silva landing and Cote typically missing.

After 10 minutes had passed, The Predator had officially lasted longer with Silva than anyone in the UFC. Though he was most likely on the losing end as far as the judges were concerned, it was still anybody's fight.

And then it happened.

As soon as the third round began, Cote hit the ground like a ton of bricks and immediately grabbed his knee. Not wanting to see his title shot taken away from him, The Predator stood up and attempted to continue, but by then the fight had already been called off.

The instant replay showed, what appeared to be, a torn ACL.

A rematch here is a no-brainer, but the UFC may have a difficult time selling it to the fans. Can you say, "Free fight on Spike TV?"

Thiago Alves deserves a title shot

The Pitbull looked fantastic last night.

Despite Koscheck's best efforts, he could not get him to the ground once in 15 minutes. This really speaks to Alves' incredible takedown defense as Kos is one of the best wrestlers in MMA

With the fight staying on the feet, Alves picked Koscheck apart for three rounds, coming close to finishing him on more than one occasion.

Kos showed a lot of heart and kept fighting, but Alves was simply too effective.

He's certainly earned the right to face the winner of Georges St. Pierre vs. BJ Penn, but a match with Diego Sanchez can't be too far off, either.

Junior Dos Santos had one of the best debuts in UFC history

Going into his fight with Fabricio Werdum, few knew who Junior Dos Santos was, but he certainly made a name for himself.

Early in the first round, Dos Santos connected with a nasty uppercut that dropped heavyweight contender. A few unanswered shots later and Dos Santos had pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year.


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