On a seven-fight win streak, Anderson Silva is widely the favorite against Patrick Cote for their fight on Oct. 25 at UFC 90. With two TKOs against former UFC middleweight champion, Rich Franklin, and a first-round knockout over James Irvin at 205 pounds, Silva seems to be unbeatable in the Octagon.
After Silva's submission win over Travis Lutter, he proved that his ground skills were just as good as his stand-up. Also, with his fast hands getting him the knockout over Irvin, anything higher than an inside leg-kick from Cote could be the end of the fight.
Nicknamed "The Predator," Cote comes into the fight after four wins, one by an impressive TKO over Kendall Grove. Cote's boxing skills may be his best weapon when he steps into the Octagon this Saturday night.
His biggest advantage could be Silva's need to drop 20 pounds after his rise to light heavyweight for his last fight. The added weight proved to be no problem for Silva at the time, but having to cut back to middleweight may take a toll on Silva's stamina.
With two of Cote's wins being by decision, he's proven that he can go for three rounds. Silva, on the other hand, hasn't been out of the second round in seven fights.
If Silva manages to make weight, Cote will need to out-box him early on with a pair of very heavy hands. If Silva weighs in at anything more than 185 pounds, Cote should throw lots of low inside leg kicks and wait to finish in the second or third round. Look for Silva to throw body kicks and knees from the clinch.
Prediction: Silva by TKO in Round Two.