UFC 148 Round-by-Round Review: Cung Le vs. Patrick Cote

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Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le (7-2) looks for his first UFC victory against former contender Patrick Cote (17-7). The referee will be Josh Rosenthal in this middleweight affair. On a side note, Cote enters the Octagon to "2 Legit 2 Quit" by MC Hammer. Classic, classic entrance song.

Round 1: A touch of gloves by the two and Le catches a kick by Cote. Head kick by Le glances off Cote's forehead. "The Predator" looks to be loading up his right hand, as Le fires off two quick kicks. Le continues to pepper Cote with kicks, as Cote fires off one of his own. Le eats a big right to the face, and Cote backs him up by pressuring him. Le this time fires off some strikes, as Cote misses an uppercut. Le lands a big blow that knocks Cote up against the cage. A small cut under the right eye of Le, who comes back with a body kick that Cote doubles over from. Front leg side kick by Le lands to the thigh of Cote. Le laughs as he backs up when Cote tries to throw a spinning kick or punch.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Le

Round 2: More kicks by Le, but Cote fires off some quick hands in defense. Le now pushing forward with the offense a little more, which may play into Cote's plan. A cut over the left eye of Le now, who lands a counter hook. Spinning back kick hits off the body of Cote, as Le lands a punch and a hook. Cote with a big pair of combos and a kick, backing Le up. Blood all over each fighter now. Cote rocked by a knee to the head, and eats another right before coming back with his own offense. In the clinch, Cote fires off a several strikes as the round comes to an end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cote

Round 3: The two touch gloves to start this final round of action. Body kick by Le lands, and Cote takes a low blow by quickly wants to continue fighting. Cote throwing strikes now that Le isn't blocking at all. Le with a knee, but Cote counters with a back-fist that just misses. Le avoids a pair of jabs by Cote. Another spinning kick lands to the midsection of Cote by Le. Le tries a trip from the clinch that he gets, but is unable to do any damage and Cote gets back up, going for a single-leg takedown of his own. Le fights it off, and Cote lands a front-kick. Le with a quick right to the face, and Cote misses an uppercut that allows Le to land another jab. Cote tries coming at him, but Le lands a right that wobbles Cote. Le with another takedown and goes into control on the ground with just 30 seconds left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Le

Cung Le def. Patrick Cote via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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