July 13th, 2011 Darren Barcomb
Following his unanimous decision loss to Tom Lawlor at UFC 121 in October of 2010, Patrick “The Predator” Cote found himself released from the promotion. The onetime UFC middleweight title contender suddenly found himself exploring alternate venues, and it didn’t take him long to garner interest from the rest of the MMA world.
Soon after his UFC release, The 31 year old Cote (15-7) signed a two fight deal with Montreal based Ringside MMA. His debut with the organization came in April as he beat fellow UFC alumni Kalib Starnes by unanimous decision. He then followed that up with a June unanimous decision over Todd Brown, who had seen action with the UFC as recently as March. Now free from contractual obligations, Cote is fielding offers from various promotions. So where will “The Predator” go?
This week, Cote twitted “Still under negociation with 3 organisations .. Really close to make a deal.” Speculation has already begun. Will Cote resign with Ringside MMA, where he can fight in his hometown and is very popular? Perhaps the revamped Pro Elite is targeting him for their August 27th premier in Hawaii. Or maybe, just maybe the UFC was watching his last two victories and is considering bringing him back.
With UFC 140 reportedly being staged at Montreal’s Bell Centre on December 10th, it would make sense for Dana White to take a look at Cote. He has historically filled that stadium and has a huge fan base in Montreal. With fellow Canadian draw Georges St. Pierre already set for a matchup with Nick Diaz on October 29th at UFC 137, adding Cote to the Montreal card is a must.
So, here’s hoping the UFC is reconsidering their decision, as his past two victories have showed Cote is far from done. If not, I’m sure Pro Elite, Ringside MMA, and maybe ever Bellator are watching closely…..