Former UFC middleweight contender Patrick Cote knows what it’s like to be inside the Octagon with Anderson Silva.

For that matter, so doesn’t Silva’s opponent Saturday night at UFC 148 in Chael Sonnen.

Cote, who will meet Cung Le in one of the featured bouts from Las Vegas, offered up his prediction for the most talked about main event of the year, Silva vs. Sonnen II.

Anderson Silva is pretty mad now, and that’s not a good thing. I am picking Anderson Silva by the end of the third round. It will be very different this time; he won’t be surprised by the pace of Chael.

Cote is making his return to the UFC after over a year away. “The Predator” earned four consecutive victories have dropping three UFC bouts to force his release.

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