Patrick Cote Needs To Regroup and Rework His Game Outside the UFC

Joshua WoodCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2010

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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In October of 2008 Patrick Cote was riding a five-fight winning streak and had earned himself a middleweight title fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 90. Cote came into the fight with a record of 13-4 and hopes of changing his life by capturing the UFC middleweight championship.

The results were not what Cote was looking for; in fact it was probably the worst case scenario as he blew out his right knee in the third, resulting in the fight ending. The injury required the knee to be surgically repaired and Cote was out of action until May of 2010.

The first action back from injury for Cote was against a very tough Alan Belcher at UFC 113. Cote looked rusty from the nearly 19 month absence and following a big slam by Belcher, Cote was forced to tap due to a rear naked choke.  After the fight, Cote had argued that the slam by Belcher was illegal but the referee didn’t agree.

UFC 121 Last night marked the second fight back for Cote; his opponent was the tough wrestler Tom Lawlor.  Cote had no answer for the wrestling and takedowns of Lawlor and was dominated for all three rounds, losing the fight by unanimous decision.

The lose makes three in a row for Cote bring his overall record to 13-7. Typically that gets you a pink slip from Dana White and company, which for Cote might not be a bad idea. Cote needs to get some wins under his belt, work on a few things and knocking off those cobwebs from the layoff. Get some wins and show the UFC he is back and better then he was before the injury.

A perfect fit would be in the Maximum Fighting Championship who is based out of Cote’s home of Canada. He has fought for the MFC once in 2006, where he defeated fellow Canadian Josh McDonald to win the MFC middleweight title.

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