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Cote in For Franklin Against Le at UFC 148

With Rich Franklin being moved to UFC 147 to rematch Wanderlei Silva, one-time title challenger Patrick Cote has stepped in to fill the void left by “Ace’s” absence as he steps into face Cung Le at UFC 148.

“The Predator” returns to the UFC on a four-fight win-streak, which includes the likes of Kalib Starnes, Todd Brown, Crafton Wallace, and Gustavo Hachado. Cote’s two most recent performances came via stoppages within the first round. The heavy-handed Canadian has been absent from the octagon since 2010, where he was cut after an unfortunate injury coupled a string of losses.

Le, the former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, looks for his first promotional win. After a strong showing in the first round against Wanderlei Silva at UFC 139, the San Jose native was demolished by a barrage of knees from the MMA legend in the second stanza.

UFC 148 will take place at the MGM Grand Gardens Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 7. The card is headlined by the highly anticipated rematch of Anderson Silva and the only man to make hi look mortal in recent memory, Chael Sonnen.

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