“I think Anderson needs to look at the spirit in which he’s competing,” he said. “It appears to me that he’s been doing his best not to lose. Instead of doing what he did early on and competing to win, and taking guys out, he’s doing enough now to get by, be successful and keep winning.”
Ironically, at the time, the 47-year-old Couture had been responding to a question about whether he felt the 35-year-old Silva was getting old. He disagreed that was the case, instead saying that Silva was suddenly more passive, and noting that in MMA, taking a cautious approach is playing with fire.
“Eventually that kind of fighting attitude will catch up with you,” said Couture, who faces Toney on Aug. 28 in Boston. “You have to kind of go out, risk it and lay it all on the line. That’s the way it is. I think Anderson has strayed away from that a little bit, but I don’t think he’s getting old at all. I think he’s still a tremendous athlete with amazing ability. You know, there were some pretty interesting things he still demonstrated in the fight against Sonnen even though most of the fight, he spent on his back and got dominated.”