â€œI do this sport to be No. 1, so I canâ€™t ask for more. To fight the best guy pound-for-pound in the world and to have a chance to get a title shot â€“ itâ€™s perfect,â€ said Cote. â€œIâ€™m not scared of anybody â€“ I said yes to fight Tito Ortiz on four days notice when I was in a different weight division, so to fight Anderson Silva is the ultimate goal for me. I want to be champion of my weight class.â€
â€œI think I have the best style to fight this guy. I have a good chin, Iâ€™ll go forward, and I think every time he fights his opponent has already lost because heâ€™s scared of him,â€ said Cote, who has never been knocked out in training. â€œI know that this guy is very, very good, but we have a good game plan for the fight, and Iâ€™m 100% confident that I will win.â€
Iâ€™ve always said that confidence is one of the most valuable commodities for a fighter, but does anyone, and I mean anyone, actually believe that Cote has a fraction of a chance at defeating Anderson Silva? I understand this fight is pretty much filler for Silvaâ€™s bout with Yushin Okami, which unfortunately had to be scrapped due to injury, but the more I read about how Patrick Cote thinks he has the right game plan to take Silva out, the more I can’t help but recall James Irvinâ€™s oozing confidence leading into his bout with â€œThe Spyderâ€, and we all know how that turned out.
Should we expect the same fate for Cote? Perhaps not in 61 seconds, but in the first round? Yea, that sounds about right.