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Report: Cote to face Almeida at UFC 86

The Fight Network has learned that TUF 4 runner-up, Patrick Cote (12-4, 3-4 UFC) will face Renzo Gracie protégé, Ricardo Almeida (9-2, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 86.

Cote’s training partner, former UFC middleweight contender, David Loiseau confirmed the bout.

The Canadian middleweight, known as the “Predator” is currently on a four fight win streak, with three of those four coming inside the Octagon. Cote’s  latest performance was a first round TKO victory over the always dangerous, Drew McFedries at UFC Fight Night 12.

Almeida recently made his return to MMA competition at UFC 81 after nearly a four year hiatus from the sport. In his return bout he scored an acrobatic submission victory over UFC newcomer, Rob Yundt.

Personally, I like this fight very much. Cote has shown good hands in his recent bouts but that quick arm bar loss to Travis Lutter at the TUF 4 finale still lingers in my mind and Almeida should be able to test that part of his game. Almeida looked very impressive against Yundt but we only got to see his ground work. Cote should be able to provide enough defense, takedown wise, so that Almeida will at least have to engage with Cote before looking for the takedown.

This fight could very well put the winner in title contention or at least one fight away from title contention.

UFC 86 will take place on Saturday, July 5th in Las Vegas and will be headlined by a light-heavyweight title fight between UFC light-heavyweight champion, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and TUF 1 winner, Forrest Griffin.

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  • xx2000xx says:

    This is a total setup fight, as it will go to the ground and will end in 1 round.

    If no free agents are signed, after Silva beats Okami, Almeida will be the #1 condender isntantly. Setting up the weak middleweight division.

  • BJJDenver says:

    I don’t see this as being that easy of a win for Ricardo, but i do agree that it will set him up for a title shot in the near future if he does win.

  • bjj says:

    Ricardo Almeida is the greatest challange to Anderson silva, Ricardo ALready beat number 1 conterder at the time Nathan Maquart, Lets Remenber how easy he took down rob yundt ( a wrestler) He will also will take anderson silva down, and wing by ethier sumision or stoppage.


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