Cote has Spider sense

JOSE RODRIGUEZ

, Last Updated: 8:02 AM ET

On paper, Patrick "The Predator" Cote doesn't stand a chance.

UFC middleweight champ Anderson "Spider" Silva hasn't gone past the second round in his seven UFC fights, including four title defences.

Even his one-fight move to a higher weight class didn't derail his domination as he disposed of 205-pounder James Irvin in one minute.

Every bookie on the planet has Cote as a heavy underdog.

But the confident Quebecer says he has a plan to dethrone Silva -- the man many consider the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

"I respect this fighter a lot, he's one of the best, but I like my chances against him," said Cote, who learned to fight during his time in the military.

The two will face off Oct. 25 for the title as the UFC makes its first appearance in Chicago.

The UFC 90 card also includes a welterweight match between Thiago Alves and Josh Koscheck and a lightweight battle between Sean Sherk and Tyson Griffin.

The heavy-fisted Cote, on a five-fight win streak, has been training with one of the most successful camps in mixed martial arts.

"I spent a month and a half training with Sityodtong and Mark DellaGrotte," says Cote of the famous Boston training centre that built fighters like Kenny Florian, Marcus Davis and Stephan Bonnar.

"We know how to beat him and now we just have to do it.

"I can't do much worse than anyone who's gone before."

Silva has destroyed his competition when his belt's on the line. Dan Henderson fared best, lasting into the dying seconds of Round 2 before falling victim to a rear-naked choke.

READY FOR 'GOOD WAR'

But forcing Silva into the third round for the first time since he joined the fight club 2 1/2 years ago won't be enough for Cote.

"We're going to take the belt. I'm anxious to hear the bell," says Cote.

"I'm in the best shape of my life. I've prepared myself to give him a good war and I'm prepared to take everything he's going to give me and give it back to him double.

"I think we've found some holes in his game and we will exploit that."

Cote, 28, gives up three inches in height and even more in reach -- a dangerous combination given Anderson's precision striking style and masterful Muay Thai.

"I'm ready for his style. I'm ready for the reach. I'm ready for everything," says Cote.

"I'm going to give him something he's never seen before. I'm going in confident I'll push the pace and I'm going to test his chin."

At the end of the night, Cote envisions his arm being raised and UFC president Dana White strapping the middleweight belt around his waist.

"It's going to be like winning the Stanley Cup."


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