The Chicago Sun Times is reporting that current UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, will defend his title against Patrick Cote in the main event of UFC 90 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois on October 25th.
It had been rumored for the past week that Silva was either going to defend at UFC 88 in September, or at UFC 90, which will be the organization’s first promotion in the state of Illinois. The Times cited UFC president Dana White in their confirmation of the bout.
Silva is coming off a 1stRound knockout just last week against James Irvin at Ultimate Fight Night 14. It was Silva’s debut in the light heavyweight division for the UFC.
Cote is coming off a win over Ricardo Almeida at UFC 86, his fifth consecutive win in the UFC.
Initially, Silva was to face top middleweight contender, Yushin Okami, however, Okami broke his hand in training and was forced to withdraw.
The only other bout confirmed for the October card is the welterweight battle between Diego Sanchez and Thiago Alves. It is believed that the winner of this bout will face the winner of the welterweight title bout between Jon Fitch and current champion, Georges St-Pierre, at UFC 87 in a couple of weeks.