So much for Patrick Cote's devastating knockout power. Alan Belcher took some of Cote's best shots and walked right through them. Once Cote, who was returning from 18 months off due to several knee surgeries, started to feel the effects of the layoff. That's when Belcher turned up the pressure. As Cote rested, while attempting to secure a double-leg takedown, Belcher showed immense power by lifting the French-Canadian in the air and slammed him on his face. Belcher quickly took Cote's back and slapped on a rear-naked choke to get the stoppage at 3:25 of the second round.
"I'm proving that I can finally fight to my potential," said Belcher. "I'm gonna stop tryng to come in here and goof around and brawl with guys. I can pick everyone apart."
Belcher set the tone early by landing 15-20 nasty leg and body kicks in the opening round. By the close of the round, Cote's right side was clearly bruised. In the second, Cote starting getting more of his shots off and was winning the round before he got spiked and dazed. The Belcher slam was right on the border of a violation but wasn't.
Belcher (16-6, 7-4 UFC) was brimming with confidence after the fight.
"I'm talking about Anderson Silva. Everybody knows who can take it to him," Belcher said. "I want that title shot. Give it to me, baby."
Update: Cote tweeted that he broke his right hand during the loss.