By Josh Reese
UFC 148 aside from holding two title fights, was also going to hold a match up between Cung Le and Rich Franklin. Franklin was moved from his bout with Le and moved up to headline against Wanderlei Silva. The absence made by Franklin left a whole that now Patrick Cote will fill. Cung Le (7-2) v Patrick Cote (17-7) will be part of the main event.
Le a veteran of K1 and Strikeforce put on a classic war with Wanderlei Silva in his last fight that would have been the talk of the night if not for Henderson and Shogun fight of the year. Since winning the Strikeforce Middleweight belt he is only 1-2 alternating wins and losses via KO with Scott Smith and the the classic loss against Silva.
Cote after lots of chances with the organization is coming back on short notice, although he is 4-7 inside the UFC, he is undefeated outside of the organization including a 4 fight winning streak coming in to the fight against Le with two decision’s and a KO and TKO. The TUF 4 alumni will use his skills to try to get closer to evening up his UFC record