Cung Le was ready to face ex-middleweight champion Rich Franklin at UFC 148 before Vitor Belfort broke his hand and was forced to bow out of his fight with Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147. The UFC decided to pluck Franklin from his bout with Cung Le at UFC 148 and place him in the main event against Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147.
Today the UFC has announced that Patrick Cote, who once fought Anderson Silva for the middleweight title, has now been resigned by the promotion. Cote was immediately matched up with Cung Le at UFC 148.
After Cote’s loss to Anderson Silva way back at UFC 90, a loss that was not caused by Silva, but a loss because of a knee injury he sustained during the fight, it simply gave out on him, rendering Cote unable to continue, the injury gave Silva the TKO win. Cote returned to the UFC after recovering for almost a year, losing his next two fights, and making it three losses in a row, and as we know, for the most part, it’s 3 strikes and you’re out with the UFC.
Cote hasn’t lost since his exit from the UFC back in October 2010, in fact he’s currently riding a 4 fight win streak where he has finished his last 2 opponents. Cote who is known for his iron chin and never say die attitude has won “Knock Out Of The Night” bonuses twice out his 11 fights in the UFC.
Cung Le is coming off of a loss TKO loss to Wanderlei Silva at UFC 139 back in November, after starting his career at 6-0, Le has lost 2 of his last 3 fights.
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