A middleweight confrontation between veterans Patrick Cote
Sakara has been given the green light for UFC
154, 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.