A middleweight confrontation between veterans Patrick Cote
has been given the green light for UFC
, promotion officials announced Friday.
UFC 154 takes place Nov. 17 at the Bell Centre in Montreal and is
expected to be headlined by a welterweight title unification bout
pitting returning champion Georges St.
Pierre against interim belt holder Carlos
Condit. The pay-per-view broadcast will also showcase an
additional clash of 170-pound standouts in the evening’s co-main
event, as hard-hitting wrestler Johny
Hendricks meets well-rounded Dane Martin
Cote, 32, is a veteran of 25 professional outings. The Quebec
native made his Octagon debut back in 2004 and began his most
recent run with the Las Vegas-based promotion last month as an
injury replacement for Rich
Franklin at UFC
148. “The Predator” was defeated by Cung Le in their
encounter, as the san shou practitioner took a unanimous decision
from Cote and snapped the Canadian’s four-fight win streak.
Sakara, meanwhile, has not earned a win in more than two years. The
30-year-old Italian has competed only twice since his March 2010
victory over James Irvin,
dropping a unanimous decision to Chris
Weidman last year before suffering a knockout courtesy of
Stann this past April at
UFC on Fuel TV 2. A 13-time UFC veteran, “Legionarius” owns
nine of his 15 career wins via form of knockout.
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