Personally I would've treated him like I do most. Silence is truly golden.
Then if he would've attacked me, he would be giving me the right to put him on the ground and walk away.
He wouldn't be able to play off my silence as an intention to provoke him.
He would be sitting in jail for domestic violence.
I get to walk free and clear, because I was defending myself, and I said nothing to provoke him.
The point, learn to use common sense.