Has Anyone Else Wondered What Happened To Patrick Cote?

Jason SchabingerContributor IDecember 8, 2009

CHICAGO- OCTOBER 25:  Patrick Cote cannot continue the fight in the second round, after he injured his knee in the Middleweight Title Bout at UFC's Ultimate Fight Night at Allstate Arena on October 25, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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Has anyone else started wondering what happened to Patrick Cote? He has been nearly silent since his knee injury during the October 25th, 2008, loss by TKO (knee injury) to Anderson Silva. Cote had a relatively impressive career, but after surgery, how will he fight?

With impressive wins over Jason MacDonald, Scott Smith, Jason Day, Kendall Grove, and Ricardo Almeida, Cote was picked to fight Anderson Silva for the UFC’s middleweight title. Was he really ready?

Cote has not been heard from since March when he was said to be planning his return for August of 2009. It is now December and Cote is a few months overdue for his return. Little to nothing has been heard from this finalist on the Ultimate Fighter’s fourth season. The latest he has said is that he would love another chance at Anderson Silva. Seeing as how the first fight went and Silva's record, probably not the best idea.

Cote started fighting in the Canadian Army. He has taken up boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, Muay Thai, and BJJ. He trains at Brazilian Top Team Canada with his friend George St. Pierre. Cote started his MMA career in 2002 with fights with TKO. His UFC debut was against Tito Ortiz. Cote was all smiles until Tito knocked it off of his face. Many were actually very impressed with Cote making it to the official decision. After his loss to Ortiz, Cote had two more losses in the UFC, to Joe Doerksen and Chris Leben.

Soon after these fights, Cote joined TUF 4. He did outstanding, making it all the way to the finals, where he lost in a good fight to Travis Lutter. After TUF 4, he went on to beat Scott Smith, Jason Day, Kendall Grove, Drew McFedries, and Ricardo Almedia. This earned him a title shot against Anderson Silva.

For some reason, Anderson Silva toyed with him throughout their fight. The end of their fight was brought by a sudden knee injury. Cote started approaching Silva across the ring and suddenly fell to the ground. Silva shows no emotion as he takes out his mouth piece and walks to his corner.

I am a big Cote fan, but I don't think he was ready for that title shot. It may have very well cost Cote his career. Cote's ACL and MCL have undergone surgery, but it is unsure if he does recover how long he will be able to fight. Hopefully he will not continue to injure and re-injure himself.

I have loved Cote since his days on TUF 4 and I'll always remember Matt Serra and his other teammates chanting to the Olay Olay song. "Cote! Cote! Cote! Cote! Cote! Cote!"