Cung Le vs. Patrick Cote: Final Prediction for Tonight's Bout at UFC 148

Jake MartinCorrespondent IIIJuly 7, 2012

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Any time Cung Le is on a pay-per-view card, he's an automatic threat to take home fight-of-the-night honors.

Add in a dance partner like Patrick Cote, and this fight could easily steal the show at UFC 148.

With his dazzling display of versatile kicks, Le is simply fun to watch. But after his first career UFC loss, to Wanderlei Silva at UFC 139, many are questioning Le's ability to win against the high-caliber competition the company provides.

At 40 years old, one might think that Le's best days are behind him as a martial artist, but even in his loss to Silva, Le showed spectacular striking, dropping Silva in the first round.

But then the second round came.

In Le's Strikeforce fight against Scott Smith and in his fight against Silva, he started off strong but, as the fight went into the later rounds, he withered away and suffered losses by TKO.

Can he avoid that against "The Predator" tonight?

This is Cote's first fight back in the UFC since getting cut in 2010, following three straight losses. Those three losses were to Anderson Silva, Alan Belcher and Tom Lawlor, and after scoring four straight wins on the independent circuit, Cote is back in the UFC, where he belongs.

Cote is predominately a striker, with a great chin and a heavy right hand, so fans can expect the majority of this fight to take place on-foot. As good as Cote is, Le's arsenal of kicks will give him fits early, and as a mentioned previously, Le settles into fights quickly.

This will allow Le to land some powerful shots that will send Cote reeling, but Cote won't break. Cote will weather the storm in the first round, and as Le starts to fade in the second, Cote will strike vigorously.

Cote drops Le in the second and finishes him with a TKO on his road back to redemption.