The UFC Middleweight division of recent times has been much maligned and has suffered more then any other in terms of appeal to the fans.
The antics of Champion Anderson Silva, who stands head and shoulders above his peers but refuses to display his full arsenal of dazzling skills has not helped.
There has not been an entertaining middleweight title fight since UFC 82 back in 2008. This has led to fans looking elsewhere for entertaining fighters to challenge in the 185lbs division.
Nate Marquardt has put his name up there but ultimately fell short in his true test against Chael Sonnen.
Sonnen, although on a three fight win streak and in line for the next title shot, has been a grinder and won all of those fights via a decision.
Demian Maia had his shot but was outclassed by the champion.
Wanderlei Silva is not the rampaging "Axe Murderer" of old despite his recent win over perennial contender Michael Bisping.
Vitor Belfort is the one contender who carries a threat and an entertainment value for the division but it is still unknown about when his return will be.
All this divisional mess has left the fans searching and requiring strong Middleweight fights that may deliver an entertaining contender for Anderson Silva's crown.
Step forward to Patrick Cote and Alan Belcher, a fight that has the potential to breathe some new life into the division.
Set to meet at UFC 113 in Montreal, Cote and Belcher are two fighters that could be right in the mix with fans and the UFC hierarchy should they put on a strong showing on May 8th.
In my opinion this could steal the show from the headliners as it has all the makings of a great fight.
Alan "The Talent" Belcher has a mixed record in the UFC at 6-4, but the numbers hide the fact that he has improved immeasurably in his last few fights and bar a razor thin split decision loss to Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 100 he would be on a four fight win streak.
A Muay Thai striker, Belcher is always in entertaining fights and he will certainly be looking to bang with the ring rusty Patrick Cote.
Cote has not seen the inside of the octagon since his title fight with Anderson Silva way back at UFC 90 in October of 2008 due to injury.
The French Canadian has a strong chin and heavy hands and despite his lack of action will carry a threat.
It's also important to remember that he was doing well against the current Champion Anderson Silva, he was the first fighter to take Silva to the third round and looked good until the fight ended with his knee blowing out.
So this UFC 113 showdown certainly has all the makings of a great fight.
With Cote's lack of competitive action and the ever improving skills of Belcher, "The Talent," will likely be the slight favorite heading into the fight.
With Cote's famed iron chin likely being enough to counteract any ring rust and both fighters having solid stand up this fight will most likely be decided on the floor.
Again there is not much to choose between these two on the floor, but I'd give a slight edge to Belcher as I have been impressed wit his constant improvement.
This is most definitely a Middleweight fight that UFC fans can get excited about and in this writers opinion I am tipping this fight to earn some sort of bonus from Dana White.
All thats left now is the final preparations for both fighters and for the fans to sit back and enjoy what is shaping up to be a great UFC 113 card.
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