An explosive middleweight bout takes place this weekend at UFC 154 when Patrick Cote takes on Alessio Sakara. Both of these fighters possess knockout power in their hands, which should make this a fun one from start to finish.
Cote comes into this fight off a tough loss to Cung Le. In his loss, Cote seemed hesitant to exchange and he will want to come out of the gate fast when he squares off with Sakara. Cote has notable wins over Scott Smith, Jason Day, Kalib Starnes, and Ricardo Almeida. Cote will need to use his striking to stay on the outside of Sakara’s power. He may even want to get this fight to the ground in hopes of grinding Sakara out from the top.
Sakara comes into this fight sporting a record of 15-9-1. He is coming off a devastating KO loss to Brian Stann, and he wants to rebound big with a win over Cote this weekend. A loss for him may spell the end of his UFC career since he is on a two fight losing streak.
If Sakara wants to come out the victor, he will need to pick his shots and use his experienced boxing skills in order to grab the victory. His chin has been tested a lot throughout his UFC tenure, so it is vital that he avoids any power shots from Cote.
This fight should be compelling since both fighters like to stand and and exchange heavy punches. The loser of this bout may get their UFC walking papers, which should add to the intensity of this fight.