Cote just the latest victim to be thrown into cage with champ Silva
This is the same kind of logic employed by people who regularly play the lottery: "Somebody has to win, so why not me?" It's as good a reason as any for dropping a few bucks on a game of random chance. When it comes to getting in the Octagon with the UFC's most dominant champion, however, you'd like to have more to go on.
It's not that Cote has no chance on Saturday night. In the world of four-ounce gloves there are no sure things, especially when you hit as hard as Cote.
But the fact that he's even challenging for the title is more of a testament to Silva's reign of terror over the division than it is to Cote's rise through the ranks. He is the No. 1 contender only by process of elimination. To get this title shot, he won a lackluster split-decision over
So now Cote gets a chance to etch his name into the record books. Sure, why not? There's no more obvious choice, and you don't exactly hear many middleweights clamoring for their chance to have Silva relocate their facial features. That's the trouble with Silva, as much as there is one. He's nothing less than an artist when he's in action, but he's also a monster that demands to be fed regularly. And the UFC is running out of warm bodies to throw in the cage with him.
The UFC pulled a rabbit out of its hat by replacing the injured
This should make for an extremely close fight, but that doesn't mean Koscheck should continue to play it safe and hope to ride to a decision. If he's going to have a future at the top of the welterweight class he needs to show he can do more than take people down and stay active enough to avoid a stand-up. In other words, he needs to become something he's never been: a finisher.
As for Alves, he needs to make weight. He needs it as badly as
With so many wrestlers rounding out the undercard of UFC 90, be prepared to sit through a few decisions.
To make up for those likely decision endings, we've got what should be a very quick finish for