Former middleweight number one contender, Patrick Côté, will be in for a tough night when he faces Cung Le at UFC 148, but the Canadian seems pretty confident about his chances. He isn’t particularly worried about Le’s unorthodox arsenal of kicks, and he plans to make a strong statement at UFC 148.
“Yes he’s tricky, he’s very agile with his legs, but he’s not doing anything new in his fights,” Côté said during a recent appearance on MMAWeekly Radio. “He’s going to do the same thing in this fight as he did in his fight against [Frank] Shamrock, and in his fight against Wanderlei [Silva] in the first round. It’s not going to be any surprise. … My game all around is 10 times better than when I fought at UFC 121 – my last fight in the UFC. I wrestled for a year and a half, four times a week with the national team, I pushed a lot to upgrade my weakness and I knew that was my wrestling.”
After losing to current champion Anderson Silva at UFC 90, Patrick Côté lost his next two fights, prompting his release from the promotion. He’s hasn’t been defeated since then (four fights), and he plans to put on an entertaining show at UFC 148.
Côté will be a 2-1 favorite going into UFC 148, but I think the oddsmakers are underestimating Le a bit. The Sanshou master’s wrestling skills are highly underrated, and I’ll be shocked if he isn’t able to keep the fight standing.
I expect Cung Le to get the better of the striking exchanges at UFC 148, but I don’t think he’ll be able to knock Côté out. After all, “The Predator” has fought hard-hitting fighters like Silva, Chris LeBen, and Drew McFedries in the past, and he’s never been truly knocked out in his professional MMA career.
If Le gets carried away in the latter rounds like he did in his first fight against Scott Smith, he might find himself in some trouble against Côté. However, it’s hard to see Le losing two straight fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and I expect him to pull off the upset at UFC 148.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.