A potentially exciting matchup involving two surging welterweights is the latest addition to UFC 178 in Las Vegas. Octagon veteran Patrick Cote will look to continue his career revival when he squares off against Stephen Thompson. Both fighters will carry the momentum of three-fight win streaks into the Sept. 27 clash.
The 34-year old Cote recorded a unanimous decision victory over Kyle Noke in his last appearance at the TUF Nations Finale. The former UFC middleweight title challenger has won seven of his last eight fights and is 3-1 during his latest stint with the promotion. The lone defeat during that solid stretch was a unanimous decision loss to Cung Le at UFC 148.
Cote’s decision to move down to the 170-pound division after a DQ win over Alessio Sakara has paid immediate dividends. He’s defeated both Noke and Bobby Voelker. “The Predator,” who is noted for his punching power and iron chin, has seemed comfortable in the new weight class.
Thompson has showcased a dynamic offensive arsenal during his five-fight UFC stint. “Wonderboy” recorded an impressive first-round stoppage of Robert Whittaker at UFC 170 in his last fight. He’s also bet Chris Clements and Nah-Shon Burrell on this current run of success. The former world champion kickboxer has relied on his striking skills to produce a 9-1 record during his mixed martial arts career. That lone defeat came at the hands of current title contender Matt Brown. Thompson has produced six finishes by knockout or submission and has a diverse and punishing attack.
It’s an intriguing affair between a proven veteran and a talented up-and-comer. Cote is looking to make one last successful run in his UFC career and a victory against the dangerous Thompson would open the door to some major future opportunities.
Thompson has been an exciting performer during his Octagon tenure and will likely be ready to enter a Top-15 position if he can knock off Cote. Fans should be treated to a solid stand-up battle when these two competitors hook up.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for RantSports.com