UFC Fight Night 89 is this Saturday and fans who bet on UFC will be eager to know about the updated odds for the co-main event fight between Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and Patrick ‘Predator’ Côté. So without further ado:
Patrick Cote – 2½ (-140) +145
Donald Cerrone – 2½ (+120) -165
As UFC betting fans can see, Cote has gone from +155 to +145, while Cerrone has gone from -175 to -165. This bout will mark Cerrone’s second fight in the welterweight division – the first was a winning effort versus Alex Oliveira that earned Performance of the Night honors at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Cowboy back in February. Cerrone’s last fight as a lightweight saw him lose to Rafael Dos Anjos at a UFC on Fox event in December of last year in which the UFC Lightweight Championship was on the line. However, the Cowboy believes he can be successful in both weight divisions.
In contrast to Cerrone, Côté made the move down – instead of up – from middleweight to welterweight in 2012. In the latter weight class, the Predator has a 6-1 record, including winning his three last fights in a row. Physically, both fighters are in tiptop shape, but Cerrone fans who bet on UFC might be a tad concerned that the Cowboy is looking past Côté and is more worried about Nate Diaz than he is about his match at Fight Night 89. Diaz recently slammed Cerrone for claiming that he would fight for free in an expletive-riddled rant. In response, Cerrone said he would “knock the stutter right back into Nate Diaz,” and that he would “sit that motherbleeper on his arse.”
Cowboy added that he would whoop Diaz’s posterior again, which is an odd statement to make, given that their one encounter at UFC 141 in December 2011 ended in a unanimous decision win for Diaz. Moreover, Diaz is schedule to face Conor McGregor on UFC 202, so the prospect of a rematch between Cerrone and Diaz is an unlikely one. Which is why UFC betting experts believe the Cerrone should focus exclusively on Côté. Even though Cerrone is the favorite of people who bet on UFC, Côté will have home turf advantage, as the event will be held in Canada – his home and native land – where he has lost only one fight (he submitted to a rear naked choke by Alan Belcher on UFC 113 in Montreal).
Cerrone, on the other hand, has only fought once in Canada – a win over Charles Oliveira at UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle in Vancouver in 2011. Then again, if Werdum vs. Miocic taught us anything, is that even a stadium filled with 45,207 screaming local fans does not necessarily make a difference in the final outcome.