UFC 148 Fight Card: Which Fight Will Steal the Show?

Tim McTiernanCorrespondent IJuly 4, 2012

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 27:  Patrick Cote trains with a sparring partner during a public training session on June 27, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images for Zuffa)
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This Saturday, one of the most anticipated fights of all time will take place, as Chael Sonnen will once again fight Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title.

Many are expecting this fight to be just as fantastic as the first one, no matter who ends up the victor in the end. However, the main event can't be a show stealer if everyone expects it to be awesome.

The entire card is stacked from top to bottom. On the FX prelims, expect Melvin Guillard and Fabricio Camoes to be a great back-and-forth fight, and expect Gleison Tibau against Khabib Nurmagomedov to contend for Fight of the Night.

However, the fight that will steal the show will be Cung Le against Patrick Cote. Le is coming off a second round TKO loss to Wanderlei Silva, and Cote is making his return to the Octagon after winning four straight outside of the UFC.

Le is 7-2 in his career, and both of his losses have come by (T)KO—once to Wandy and once to Scott Smith while in Strikeforce.

Cote has several more fights, and he is 17-7 in his career. In addition to that, his only loss by any form of (T)KO was the knee injury he suffered in the Anderson Silva fight.

Both of these fighters are strikers first, with solid chins to back up their striking. Expect this one to go into the third round. It will either be finished in the third, or it will go all 15 minutes.

Then after that, we'll get to see Forrest Griffin face Tito Ortiz, and the fight we're all waiting for: Anderson Silva against Chael Sonnen.

UFC 148 is going to be one of the best cards in UFC history, and Cote and Le will have a hand in that.

 

Tim McTiernan is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. For the latest news on everything MMA, follow him on Twitter @TimMcTiernan.