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UFC 148 Preview: Patrick Cote vs. Cung Le

CUNG LE (7-2, O-1 UFC)  vs. PATRICK COTE (17-7, 4-7 UFC)

Patrick Cote makes his Octagon return after winning four fights in a row in lower MMA organizations. He is replacing Rich Franklin, who took the place of Vitor Belfort, in the UFC 147 main event against Wanderlei Silva. Patrick Cote was once regarded as one of the best middleweight fighters in the world. He challenged Anderson Silva at UFC 90 and was the first fighter to ever make it to the third round against the middleweight champ.

Cote busted his knee in the third round and tore his ACL. He was never the same fighter for the next two years following this injury. However, things have changed for Cote over his past four fights and he looks to continue his recent success against one of the most dangerous strikers in MMA.

Cung Le was one of the best fighters to fight in Strikeforce. Le dismantled Frank Shamrock to win the Strikeforce middleweight belt in 2008. Le had other things on his mind though, and starred in multiple movies to build his acting career. However, he still had that itch inside to get back to MMA. He made his UFC debut on Nov. 19, 2011, and went toe-to-toe with Wanderlei Silva. Silva won via TKO in round two, but Le showed he can hang with one of the best strikers in the world. Le looked gassed in that fight and Silva took advantage of it. If Le comes in shape and doesn’t gas out after round one, Patrick Cote will have his hands full.

This is a huge fight for both of these men. Cote needs a win so he can stay in the UFC. Le needs a victory so he can keep getting big fights inside the Octagon to make the big paydays. Cung Le is one of the most dynamic strikers in MMA. Patrick Cote brings heavy hands to the table and if he connects you are in deep trouble.

This should be a very exciting fight with both guys keeping the fight on the ground. Cung Le is the favorite entering the fight, but Patrick Cote has a ton to prove and he wants to make a statement that he is here to stay in the UFC. I could see this one stealing fight of the night honors along with the knockout of the night bonus.

via UFC 148 Preview: Patrick Cote vs. Cung Le – Sports Network – IBTimes.com.

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