The victory moves Le's career MMA record to 8-2 while the loss drops Cote to 17-8, bringing an end to his four-fight winning streak. It was a crucial win for the 40-year-old Vietnamese American as he looks to land more high-profile matches.
Le, who is also an actor when he's not trying to knock out opponents, has always been one of the most interesting fighters to watch because of his aggressive style. It leads to a lot of exciting bouts and tonight was no different.
At his age, the upside is obviously limited since a body can only take so many fights before it begins to break down. To his credit, however, he's still in good shape and showed no signs of slowing down en route to another victory.
Were you surprised by Le's victory?
Picking up a win on a card that also features stars Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen, Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz should help him gain more notoriety around UFC. It also increases the chances of him landing a bigger fight the next time out.
That's clearly not the case for Cote. He was just starting to build some positive momentum with that aforementioned winning streak.
But in the highly-contested UFC, one loss is big. Now he has to start building from the ground up once again.
It was his first match back in UFC after some time away and he just wasn't able to keep up with Le despite having the age advantage. It's unclear what direction he'll go from here, but he has to get back in the win column.
While Cote figures out what to do next, Le can celebrate his win. He needed it badly and didn't disappoint on the big stage.