This is an explosive fight, stellar potential to seriously entertain.....but, Belcher's going to ruin Cote on the feet and just push to pace to the brink and as a comeback fight, Cote's wading into some pretty DEEP waters against a perennial title contender whose only improving and really finetuning his game. Technique-wise, Belcher's just getting better and while I always enjoy a good Cote fight, he needs to fight somebody a little further down the rungs upon his return after a year and a half off.
James Irvin is returning from a similarly LONG layoff and is a much more economylevel challenger for Cote to fight. There's also JMac who could be brought back for the Canadian card to challenge Cote. A guy like Drwal is on a pretty nice streak... And I know they just announced Rivera/Quarry, but THIS is the type of fight you have Nate Quarry under contract for, so he can really be the measuring stick to see how a fighter of above average skill is faring.
Belcher should be rematching Okami or testing himself against Palhares. I would've loved to see Franklin/Belcher at 185....
MY MMA RANKINGS
HW Velasquez Cigano Werdum Cormier Bigfoot Barnett Mir Browne
LHW Jones Machida Evans Hendo Davis Goose Teixeira Shogun Mousasi Bader
MW ASilva Rockhold Belfort Weidman Jacare Okami Kennedy Consta Belcher Boetsch
WW GSP Hendricks Condit MacDonald Diaz Maia Fitch Kampmann Ellenberger Pyle
LW Bendo Alvarez Maynard Melendez Thomson J.Miller Diaz Pettis Chandler Grant dos Anjos
FW Aldo Mendes Curran Lamas Frankie Zombie
BW Cruz Barao Fernandes Faber Moraes