When the UFC heads to the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, for UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Oliveira fans will treated to a night of fights featuring some of Canada’s finest talent; notably a welterweight bout between Josh Burkman and Canadian MMA legend Patrick Cote.

A pro for nearly 13 years, Cote is one of the most well known Canadian fighters in MMA history and since returning to the UFC in 2012, Cote has looked impressive. He may not be the aggressive finisher he once was, but he has been successful.

At 35, Cote’s championship window is all but closed, but that doesn’t mean he still can’t go on a run. On Sunday, he will be taking on a very tough and talented Burkman. While Burkman hasn’t been impressive in his return to the UFC, he is still a quality opponent and if Cote can get a win over him, he will find himself in line for a top 10 matchup.

Leg Kicks

Burkman’s biggest weapon is his explosive athleticism and Cote needs to focus on leveling that playing field first and foremost. The best way to do that is to attack Burkman’s legs. Leg kicks are the great equalizer when it comes to athleticism. By attacking Burkman’s legs, Cote will take away his speed and explosiveness.

Distance

While it’s not a huge advantage, Cote will have a three inch reach advantage on Sunday. Having the better technical striking pedigree, Cote should be able to use that slight reach advantage to pick Burkman apart from the outside. Cote likes to brawl but that would be dangerous against Burkman, so maintaining distance will be vital.

Utilize All Tools

Burkman is a tremendous fighter, but he simply doesn’t have the all-around game that Cote does. On Sunday, Cote needs to show off the whole of his bag of tricks. He needs to keep Burkman guessing by mixing in grappling attacks. If Burkman is prepared for a balance attack, he can settle in and be competitive. If Cote can keep him off balance, though, he can really dictate to action and secure a victory.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.