Native Canadian Patrick Cote will get another shot to prove himself in the Octagon when he faces Alessio Sakara (6-6, 1 NC, UFC) at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Cote is coming off of a loss at UFC 148 to Cung Le. Throughout his few stints in the UFC, Cote holds a record of 4-8.
After suffering from back-to-back losses to top competitors in the middleweight division, Sakara will also be fighting to keep his job in the UFC. Chris Weidman owned Sakara through three rounds at UFC Live: Sanchez vs Kampmann in March 2011. Following that loss, it took Sakara 13 months to return to action only to be stopped by a 1st round KO at the hands of Brian Stann.
UFC 154 is headlined by a bout between Georges St. Pierre and Carlos Condit to unify the UFC welterweight title.
December 29, 2012 at UFC 155 will be the first time Matt Mitrione (5-1, UFC) will step into the Octagon since being KO’d by Cheick Kongo in October 2011. Originally, Mitrione was set to fight Rob Broughton at UFC on FOX 4 in August, but Broughton had visa issues that forced the bout off of the card. Still unable to resolve his visa issues, the UFC instead called upon Phil De Fries to face Mitrione.
Fighting out of England, Phil De Fries is a heavyweight that has an outstanding ground game in his arsenal. Eight of his 9 wins have come by way of submission, five of those submissions occurred in the first round. News of this match up was confirmed by MMA Fighting after De Fries announced the bout on his Twitter account.
UFC 155’s main event in Las Vegas, NV will be a rematch between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. A venue for UFC 155 has yet to be announced.