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UFC 113: Alan Belcher Submits Patrick Cote

Alan Belcher won a hard-fought match with Patrick Cote at UFC 113, hurting Cote with kicks, surviving a barrage of punches, slamming Cote into the canvas and then choking him out on the ground.

Belcher got things started quickly in the first round, throwing a number of kicks to Cote's body and legs, including one that landed low and caused the referee to step in briefly and call time to give Cote a moment to recover. On the ground Cote actually came close to getting Belcher to tap with a kimura, but Belcher rolled out of it and even got into a dominant position in a back-and-forth first round.

Early in the second Cote started landing punches that appeared to hurt Belcher. Cote seemed to have the uppoer and for most of the round, but when they got trapped against the cage, Belcher picked Cote up, slammed him face-first into the canvas, and then put him in a rear-naked choke that got Cote to tap in one of the most stunning finishes of the year in mixed martial arts.

Cote was making his first appearance in the Octagon since losing a middleweight title fight to Anderson Silva more than a year and a half ago. He didn't appear to have a lot of ring rust, but he clearly wasn't the better fighter in the Octagon Saturday night. That was Belcher, who improved his record to 16-6 and made a case after the fight that he deserves to get a shot at the middleweight champion.

"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."

Belcher probably isn't ready for Silva, but he is one of the UFC's top middleweights. He showed that in the Octagon against Cote.

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