I'm so damn sick of the Cote hate. You all forget how soon upsets happen. I am not saying Cote will win this fight. Nine-and-a-half-times out of ten, he loses. But this is MMA. And Cote COULD catch him. He probably won't. But don't seem ignorant and say things like, "omfg, annddy>cote kthnxbai"
Fact is -- Upsets happen. The end.
Agreed. Not only that, Cote clearly is the #1 contender right now so he deserves the shot even if he isn't the worst possible match up for Silva.
He was 1 fight away from that shot already but got beaten by Lutter on TUF finale, so he ended up winning 5 more fights to earn the shot.
Cote has no business fighting Silva for the belt and frankly I don't understand what the hell the UFC was thinking. He's going to be utterly demolished by Anderson, same as he would be against any of the top ten MW's.
This is MMA, and its fair for everyone that people who deserve the title shots get them. While I agree Penn vs. GSP will be entertaining fight alot of LW and WW fighters got screwed up by the bullshit that Penn was given a shot he didn't deseve, specially with people still lining up for his LW belt.
Cote is indeed about 1:10 ~ 1:20 underdog on this, but after Silva already cleared previous #1 contenders Cote is next in line. If he does like he says and pushes the fight, we might seriously see an upset or another impressive KO by Silva.
In any case I am happy they gave him the shot, I hope Machida gets his soon too even though Im not a huge Machida fan. Its not just about pitting the best against best, if you don't lose fights you get the shot (Cote), if you keep losing you don't (Liddell) ex-champ or not.