Over the course of the next two weeks 300 Level will be breaking down each match scheduled for the April 10th UFC 210 PPV event being held at KeyBank Center. The card headliner is Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson.
Patrick Cote vs. Thiago Alves
This is Cote’s first fight since his KO/TKO defeat at the hands of Donald Cerrone back on June 18th as a part of UFC Fight Night. Previously, Cote had won six of his last seven bouts registering 2 KO’s along the way.
Known as “The Predator” Cote is looking to climb back to the top of the Welterweight ranks. The Rimouski, Quebec native has a 24-10 career record and turned 37 on March 1st. Cote is 3-1 fighting in the Welterweight division.
Cote has had an interesting career thus far. He is in his 2nd stint with UFC after being dropped by the company in 2010. He had polarizing losses to say the least. Anderson Silva defeated him via TKO after Cote injured himself during the match. He went through an extensive rehab process before taking on Alan Belcher (Submission) and then Tom Lawlor (Unanimous Decision) losing both bouts.
Cote joined an independent promotion in Montreal and went on a 4-0 run, winning via unanimous decision (UD) twice, a TKO and a first round knock-out.
He returned to UFC in 2012 as a fill-in for Rich Franklin and lost to Cung Le (UD). Soon after Cote dropped down to the Welterweight division where he has found his recent success. He currently has a 49% successful strike rate.
In Cote’s last match with Cerrone things did not go well for the Canadian. Obviously the loss in of itself was concerning, it was the way in which he lost that has given critics doubts that he can climb to the top. Cerrone was quicker and landed both punches and kicks with more regularity. Although Cote was able to hang in till the final bell, it was clear he did not have the skill set to defeat “the Cowboy.”
Like Cerrone, Thiago Alves is four years younger than Cote. Alves is also almost 15 pounds lighter. A jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai combatant, Alves lost his last two fights, Jim Miller won by a decision back on November 12th as a part of UFC 205. Prior to the Miller bout, Alves took on Carlos Condit, that fight was stopped by a ringside doctor. Condit caught Alves with a myriad of elbows prior to the fight being called in the 2nd round. Alves was in the fight and it was unfortunate the fight had to be stopped.
“The Pitbull’s” MMA debut came back in 2001, he has plenty of experience and has had success along the way. He’s dropped down to the lightweight division because he has had issues making weight. Alves enters this fight with a career record of 26-11-0. The Brazilian has always been a formidable opponent, and that can be attributed to his excellent counter punch technique.
Alves is also known for his devastating kicks and an aggressive fighting style.
This undoubtedly could be one of the best fights on the card.
Cote certainly has the power to KO Alves and is now fighting with something he didn’t have early on in his career, confidence. Although he is four years older than his opponent, experience is not on Cote’s side. Alves has appeared on the undercard of many UFC PPV events, perhaps most notably a loss to Georges St. Pierre.
Still, Alves is giving up not just weight, but height to Cote, who stands roughly two inches taller. This could work to Alves advantage as we have seen in the past. As he can use a shorter, sharper counter kick in close exchanges with Cote.
Even though recently Alves has been throwing more combinations I expect him to resort to what he’s had success with.
Both fighters moving into their twilight years as far as combatants go are used to going the distance so I am not expecting a KO either way. Look for the Pitbull to pull this out in a decision.