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Patrick Cote vs. Josh Burkman MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/23/15

Josh Burkman (28-12) vs. Patrick Cote (21-9)

MMA: Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 10:00 pm (SaskTel Centre)

The Line: Cote +115 / Burkman -135 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX Sports 1

Patrick Cote and Josh Burkman meet Sunday at the SaskTel Centre during UFC Fight Night.

Patrick Cote enters this fight with a 21-9 record and has won 45 percent of his fights by decision. Cote has won four of his last five fights and is coming off a April win over Joe Riggs. Cote is averaging 2.48 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 47.5 percent. Cote is averaging 083 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 23.9 percent. Cote is a strong striker who is more than willing to trade punches and fight all three rounds standing up. Cote has a strong chin and a heavy hand that can still produce a knockout at 35 years old. Cote has been far more consistent since returning to the UFC and has shown improved stamina at his old age. This will be Cote’s 18th fight in Canada, his home country.

Patrick Cote vs. Josh Burkman MMA Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/23/15

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Josh Burkman enters this fight with a 28-12 record and has won 39 percent of his fights by decision. Burkman has won five of his last eight fights and is coming off a May loss to Dong Hyun Kim. Burkman is averaging 2.44 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.7 percent. Burkman is averaging 2.82 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 37.6 percent. Burkman is also a tough, veteran fighter who has a strong chin and has never lost a bout by knockout. Burkman has seen it all in his career that began more than a decade ago, and he’s actually improved as a striker over the years. Overall, Burkman does whatever it takes to win and is always down for a long and sometimes ugly fight. This will be Burkman’s second time fighting in Canada.

Out of all his fights in Canada, Cote’s only loss came in 2010 to Alan Belcher. Cote has proven to be nearly unbeatable in his home country, and I’m sure he wants to go out with a bang with his years numbered. In a toss-up fight, I’m going with the hometown guy who has more than proven himself on his soil.

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