I have been very vocal about two things in regards to Anderson Silva: 1) He is the best p4p fighter in the world; 2) He is being protected by the UFC. Nothing supports claim #2 better than recent match making (i.e. Irvin, and now Cote). Anyone who follows this sport knows that Silva is much better than Cote. And I'm not faulting the UFC for trying to build their star up before his record is tarnished, or for giving Cote a shot at the title, he deserves it. But the winner of this match will come as no surprise to anyone -- when the fight ends, however, is a different story.
In addition to this match up being one sided, I also believe that this is a bit of a gamble by the UFC. They have invested a lot of time and energy in building Silva up -- they are hoping that his PPV draw will increase as a result of all this hype. So far, I believe, all the hype has worked and Silva will be the kind of draw a fighter of his caliber should be (granted, of course, his star status can never reach that of someone who can speak English). But the problem with this kind of match making is similar to the problems Elite XC ran into when they promoted Kimbo this way: Not only does he have to win, he has to win BIG. If Cote makes it through all five rounds, or even if he makes it out of the third, this will be a loss for the UFC.
Given all this -- I think the gamble will work: Silva by KO in the first!