Matt Serra certainly thinks so. Serra, who delivered on his promise to shock the world by dethroning 9-1 favorite Georges St. Pierre at UFC 69, sees a chance for Cote.
"First of all nobody's unbeatable in this game," Serra told the Canadian Press.” And I think Cote has a way bigger shot than people are giving him credit him for … Styles make fights and Patrick's proved to have a solid chin, heavy hands and he's very technical in there with the striking.
"In other words, he's going to come in there with some strategy and I definitely can see him making the upset there."
Silva, viewed by most as the top pound-for-pound MMA fighter on the planet, is a 7-1 favorite, according to some bookmakers. Cote dismisses the bookmakers.
"I don't care about the odds," he said. In regard to his chances Cote has said, "I will Matt Serra him."
Silva was supposed to meet Yushin Okami first but the Japanese fighter broke his hand and the Cote fight was moved up. Now, Okami will have to wait in line. He is scheduled to fight Dean Lister at UFC 92.
"The night Cote was fighting Almeida, Anderson Silva was there and he was going `God I hope Cote wins this fight. God I hope Cote wins this fight,"' White recalled. "He wants to fight Cote because he says `This kid is not going to shoot, he's not going to try to take me down. He's going to stand and go toe to toe with me.'
"Cote's got a good chin and he's got knockout power," White added. "It's an interesting fight."
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So this Saturday we have a fight in which everyone expects the result to be a foregone conclusion. But stranger things have happened in MMA. Just ask Goerges St. Pierre. It is worth noting that Cote, who holds a 13-4 record, has never lost due to a T(KO). Perhaps he is long past due.
No matter what the result is, we should have an entertaining, albeit short fight. If Cote is a man of his word he will stand with the champion and trade shot for shot. When interviewed during UFC 89, Patrick shared with the viewing audience that he had a secret weapon. One can only imagine what that might be.
In sports anything is possible, and if you're willing to put your money where Matt Serra’s mouth is, you might be handsomely reward.