Cote: “I Will Knock Him Out”

Written by Tom Ngo
October 23rd, 2008

Patrick Cote is just two days away from the biggest fight of his career, and he couldn’t be more confident. He will be taking on a champion that is considered by many as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the game, having won his last seven UFC bouts in under two rounds. The Canadian knows that the odds are stacked against him, however he likes his chances to shock the MMA world at UFC 90.

“Anderson Silva is an incredible fighter,” Cote told Sherdog.com. “But nobody is unbeatable. He has been beat before and that can happen again. We found some little holes in his game that we’re going to exploit, and we know how to beat him. So I’m going in there and I’m going to do my stuff and shock the world.”

Cote appears to be unusually calm as he prepares to challenge for his first UFC title. From his perspective, he really has nothing to lose. If top contender Yushin Okami wouldn’t have been injured in the first place, Cote would have been watching this fight at home just like the rest of us.

“I just have to execute our game plan the day of the fight,” Cote stated. “It’s going to be a very hard fight, but we’re very confident that we are going to win. I will knock him out. He’s the best fighter in the world, so it’s going to be very good to be world champion and to have a win against the best fighter in the world at the same time.”

Cote will be entering the fight as a 4.5-to-1 underdog, however by the time the final bell rings, he intends to have his hand raised, the UFC middleweight title around his waist, and a lot of rich friends.

“All my friends will put money on me, so they will be a lot richer after the fight,” he said while laughing. “…I’m not intimidated by Anderson Silva. I respect him a lot, but you know, he’s a man made out of flesh and bone like me, so I ain’t scared of him at all.”

When asked what he thought the champion’s mentality might be entering a fight in which he is such a heavy favorite, Cote didn’t think that Silva’s game plan would be much different than in all of his other victorious UFC bouts.

“I think (Silva) will try to prove to everybody that he can knock me out, but that’s not gonna happen,” Cote said. “We have a really, really, really good game plan and great strategy for this fight. But I’m gonna keep a little part of that to myself.”

And what exactly is his game plan against a guy that hasn’t been extended to more than 10 minutes in a single Octagon bout?

“You’ve got to make it an ugly fight,” said the challenger. “The game plan is just to go for it. (Silva’s) good everywhere and we know that. The guy’s a superstar. He’s a stud. So making a game plan for a guy like that involves everything.”

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