Donald Cerrone: specialized in kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, muay thai and boxing. Patrick Coté: specialized in wrestling, boxing and jiu-jitsu.
Neither fighter has great knockout power. Therefore, we expect a cautious fight from Cerrone and Coté. Our betting pick for this fight is...
Donald Cerrone is a 33 year old American fighter, specialized in kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, muay thai and boxing. Cerrone has had a good career start, training with great fighters like Jon Jones, Rashad Evans and Georges St. Pierre. His MMA record shows 29 wins and only 7 losses and he’s only lost 1 of the last 10 fights, having been knocked out in the first round by Brazilian Rafael dos Anjos, in a fight for the lightweight belt. It’s clear that Cerrone is going through the best form of his career and that he should have a shot at the title soon. Moreover, it’s important to notice that in the last 10 fights he’s won 4 prizes: Submission of the Night, Performance of the Night (twice) and Knockout of the night. Notice that he recently changed his weight category, moving from the Lightweight to Welterweight class, winning his first fight in this weight category, overcoming Brazilian Alex Oliveira. So this is his second fight in this weight category, which means he’s still adjusting to fighting heavier fighters, learning how to deal with new challenges/difficulties that he hasn’t dealt with in the previous weight class.
Patrick Coté is a 36 year old Canadian fighter, specialized in wrestling, boxing and jiu-jitsu. In this fight he’ll have the home advantage, since this event is to take place in Ottawa, Canada. Cotê has had better days in his career, as when he fought Anderson Silva for the belt, but he suffered an injury in that fight. As his opponent, Donald Cerrone, Cotê has also changed weight categories, but in his case he now fights in a lower category, since he dropped from the Middleweight to the Welterweight class, in which he has a record of 5 wins and 1 loss, just short of Stephen Thompson. This Canadian fighter usually presents a cautious style, studying his opponent and avoiding unnecessary risks. We believe he’ll fight this way once more, so he should avoid showing too much aggressiveness in the beginning of the fight.
Neither fighter has great knockout power. Therefore, we expect a cautious fight from Cerrone and Coté, which means both fighters are going to study each other in the first rounds, avoiding taking risks and brawling.
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