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Whoooo!!!!! Finally, I think Belcher is a good opponent for Cote, Cote obviously wanted a higher profile fight but the truth is coming back of a long lay off and 2 surgeries, alot of rehab, its tough to come back, we have seen numerous fighters struggle when coming back like this infact I can't think of the last fighter that came off a similar lay off and looked great. Belcher will be a good test to see if Cote is 100% and ready to take on the best that the MW division has to offer and earn another crack at the spider or if he needs more time to get back into shape. Honestly either way I see Cote winning this, Belcher doesn't have the power to threaten Cote standing, he also doesn't have the jitz to submit him. Cote is the better striker, he is more accurate and IMO most likely hits harder. Belcher brings nothing to the table that guys like Grove, McFedries or Scott Smith did.
Yeah cote boxing is really good , and i think he will out work belcher for Tko or UD .
here new clip of Cote Training with Grant brothers on his boxing , dude looks good .
I don't know but I think Cote deserved a Gatekeeper to get back. Belcher is one of the best MW out there right now, in my mind a Gatekeeper would have been fair.
For his second fight sure, but plz not for his first one after such a big layoff
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Originally Posted by Damone
Toxic, I think you are underrating Belcher's ground game. He can and probably will submit Cote. He won't KO him, that's for sure.
Sure, Almedia couldn't submit him, not only could J-mac not submit him but he got submitted himself, but your right its me that is underating Belcher's ground game, it couldn't be that you know your underating Cote's? Oh, yeah I always forget that since Lutter caught Cote it became cool to discuss Cote's supposed lack of a ground game. How is it that you can use the weak argument agaisnt Cote's ground game since the only thing you could try and base that on is that Lutter submitted Cote, well if we are gonna play that game, Belcher got subbed by Kendal Grove more recently and Lutter damn near caught Anderson Silva and Rich Franklin in the first round to.
Originally Posted by No_Mercy
Nice, crisp, and very compact strikes. Notice the brace on his knee though. Wonder what the betting line is.
You have to realize that Cote isn't even cleared to spar yet and is still doing some physio according to his twitter, he is pretty much doing boxing and cardio right now by the sound of things. According to his twitter he should be cleared in the next couple days to start sparring.
Very important to remember how excited Cote was to fight on the first card in Montreal before he had to back out and then he missed last years, he will be extremely motivated to fight for the first time in 3 years in Canada, and the first time with the UFC. I'm also sure Cote plans on maintaining the fact that he has never lost a fight in Canada. I think your gonna see a very dangerous Cote come fight time.
"If you get hit and it hurts hit him back you not knocked out yet."-Joe Doerksen
EDIT: This is more because I'm a HUGE Belcher fan (check the sig!), but I think you're seriously underrating him, too, Toxic. Belcher brings nothing to the table that Grove, McFedries and Smith didn't? Belcher's Muay Thai is WAY more on point than all of them, not to mention he has way more power than Grove could ever hope to have. His striking is really diverse, so he isn't going to do nothing but punches and a couple leg kicks. He'll mix up angles and his level of attack, something none of those three, with the possible exception of Grove, do well, if at all. His ground game is more defensive, but I think that is just going to mean Cote won't sub him. His sweeps are solid, too, so if Cote wants to take it there it's going to be hard to keep it.I think Belcher is probably his toughest opponent yet outside of Anderson... Belcher may not have the power to KO him, but I can see him out pointing him to a UD.
It's a great matchup.
2 years ago i would have picked Cote easily, but his long lay-off, plus Belcher recent form, will make for an interesting fight.
I just hope Cote will come 100%.
I'm picking Belcher, even though i'm not a big fan.
Still hope Cote takes it though.