Cung Le (7-2-0) vs. Patrick “The Predator” Cote (17-7-0)
This fight has the potential to be one of the more exciting fights on the card, and for some reason seems a bit more interesting than Cung Le taking on Rich Franklin. Ever since Le’s days as the Strikeforce middleweight champion, he has been an exciting fighter, being that no one can really replicate his style. Patrick Cote is someone who seems to be forgotten at times, but he easily has one of the best chins in MMA, and packs one heck of a punch.
Le has put on some impressive performances, and finished everyone he’s beat. His Sanshou style is unique in that no one can really mimic it for training, but Cung’s one weakness has always been his cardio. He showed decent cardio in his win over Frank Shamrock, but losses to Scott Smith and Wanderlei Silva showed that it failed him as of late. Part of that can be attributed to his Hollywood career which took the focus off fighting. Hopefully he has rededicated himself to MMA, because nothing is more dangerous than a fighter working to get back to the UFC.
Before Chael Sonnen, the one fighter to actually give Anderson Silva trouble was Patrick Cote. He was able to take all of Silva’s shots and keep coming forward, but unfortunately an injury stole away the true ending to that fight. The injury kept Cote out of action for a year and a half, and subsequent losses to Alan Belcher and Tom Lawlor left him without a job in the UFC. Four straight wins outside the octagon have lead Cote back to a short notice replacement fight against Le. Patrick still has the two attributes that made him championship challenger material, and with an iron chin and knockout power, he looks to make another run at UFC gold.
The Bottom Line: Le may win the early round, but his time off from the sport will spell his doom as he is stopped by Cote in the third round.