When UFC middleweight Patrick Cote was presented with the opportunity to list off a handful of opponents he was interested in facing the 32-year old Canadian wasted little time bringing up Alessio Sakara. Not only is Sakara in a similar situation as far as divisional status goes, but “Legionarius” is also a striker by trade, creating an ideal situation for Cote (and fans) as far as style goes.
“I think it’s a great match-up for me. It’s going to be a bangfest…we’re going to throw bombs,” said Cote in an interview with MMACanada. “He’s a former pro boxer, I’m a former pro boxer too. It’s gonna be a good, it’s gonna be a good old boxing match in MMA.”
“I think, stylistically, it’s a good fight for the crowd, for the fans to watch me against Alessio Sakara,” he added.
Though Cote is happy with his upcoming adversary, he also knows a loss to Sakara will almost certainly result in his release after recently returning from an extended absence from the Octagon for performance-based reasons and then coming up short against Cung Le in July. However, “The Predator” isn’t sweating the prospect of being cut again and focusing on the positives instead.
“I kind of have my back against the wall again in the UFC but it’s all good. I’m always good under pressure and I can’t wait to be there in Montreal,” he concluded.
Cote and Sakara are set to face off on November 17 at UFC 154. The former owes eight of his seventeen total wins to strike-based stoppages while the latter has nine to his credit in fifteen overall victories.
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