The loss to Silva started a three-fight losing skid that ultimately saw him bounced from the UFC after a loss to Tom Lawlor. Instead of being disheartened by the cut and continuing his downward spiral, Cote redoubled his efforts in training and went on a tear with a three-fight winning streak over Kalib Starnes, Todd Brown and Crafton Wallace.
Cote wants back in the UFC, but he's not going to beg for his job back. As he told Tim Sylvia on Twitter:
Dear Tim Sylvia, shut the hell up, win fights and stop begging, its (expletive) annoying !II
Cote believes that he's getting close to re-signing with the biggest promotion in the world. They've given him some very specific instructions on what he needs to do in order to get a new contract, and he's following those instructions carefully:
I don’t have a lot of control about the decision who is going to put me back in the UFC. My only power I have is be in shape and win fights and that’s what I’m doing. Three wins in a row, and I’m going for a fourth one. The UFC asked us to go to somebody better than my last two opponents, and with a winning record, so that’s exactly what we’re doing.
Cote is a good middleweight, and he's still in the prime of his career. There's no reason for him to be stuck on the independent scene when he could be fighting much better talent in the UFC. I'd like to see Cote score that big win that he needs and get back in the Octagon where he belongs.