Patrick Cote vs. Ricardo Almeida UFC 86 fight slated for July

patrick cotePatrick Cote (12-4) and Ricardo Almeida (9-2) are penciled in to hook 'em up in a middleweight tilt at UFC 86 on Saturday, July 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to FightNetwork.com.

"The Predator" has won his last three bouts after dropping his first four contests with the promotion. He's looked impressive in his last two outings, taking out Drew McFedries and Kendall Grove with strikes.

However, Cote will be fortunate if he can keep this fight upright. That's because Almeida is a very talented Brazilian jiu-jitsu player under Renzo Gracie.

Almeida, in fact, returned to competition for the first time in almost four years to submit Rob Yundt with a guillotine choke just minutes into their scrap at UFC 81: "Breaking Point" back in February.

It definitely has to be a concern for the Canadian -- he has lost via submission to Travis Lutter and Joe Doerksen in the past.

Here's what he had to say:

"I'm a purple belt in jiu-jitsu, but I'm close to having my brown belt. I've worked a lot on my wrestling and my jiu-jitsu the last two years, so I'm ready to roll with anybody. I can't wait to show my skills on the ground."

Nice idea, Patrick. But I think there's a time and place for everything ... not so sure if the timing is right to show your skills against a guy like "Cachorrao."

Either way this is a nice match up that will be televised on the pay-per-view (PPV) portion of the card, and it will more than likely have contender-type implications going forward in the 185-pound category.

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