Longtime UFC veteran Patrick Cote debuted the 170-pound version of himself at UFC 158, making the drop from 185 where he had spent the entirety of his career.
Promotional newcomer Bobby Voelker gave "The Predator" all he could handle, but the hometown favorite eventually earned a 29-28 nod from all three judges.
What we'll remember about this fight
It was a terrific, action-packed fight with a lot of brawling. So we'll remember it for its entertainment value.
Additionally, we'll remember the fight as Cote's successful foray into the welterweight division. It was a very close fight, so the phrase "hometown discount" might apply here.
What we learned about Patrick Cote
It wasn't a new lesson, but Cote has a granite jaw. He also looked to have retained his power despite the weight cut—Voelker's chin was just equally fantastic.
Cote was lucky to get the decision, so I can't say he looks on track to make waves at 170, but at the very least Cote seems to have a new home in which to put on exciting battles in the Octagon.
What we learned about Bobby Voelker
The guy has a serious beard and can deliver the punishment too. Cote has about as good a chin as there is, yet Voelker staggered him several times.
In addition to his chin and power, Voelker's stamina looked great. He took significant damage during the fight but looked fresh to the final bell.
His performance was too sloppy to project great things for his future, but he was game and could put on good fights for the UFC moving forward.
What's next for Cote
A fight against Court McGee would be reasonable, seeing as both of them recently made the move from 185 to 170. It would also have the potential to be an exhilarating bout.
What's next for Voelker
He could be one-and-done in the UFC but probably deserves another shot. If he gets it, Pascal Krauss would work since it would function as a springboard fight for both guys.
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