It was very clear to every MMA fan who knows what he's watching. DC was holding back. He did it for two reasons. The first reason is that Anderson Silva is a man who DC respects greatly and he was also thankful for Silva taking that fight on such a short notice. But the more important reason is that DC knows that with Jon Jones gone there are literally no interesting fights at LHW left for him anymore and Anderson Silva rematch is his biggest money fight by far. He also knows that the only reason why the rematch would sell is because casuals think that the first fight was "close". They think Anderson has a chance to take the LHW title from Cormier with a full camp and the whole "Spider rises again" stuff would attract a lot of attention. This is similar to how Mayweather carried Oscar De La Hoya in their fight to keep the potential rematch interesting and marketable. The fight game is all about money fights and everyone knows this by now. To the trained eye of a hardcore MMA fan this fight was nothing more than a glorified sparring match. It was very obvious DC carried him. He even acted hurt by that pathetic body kick, it was ridiculous.