Patrick Cote Meets Strikeforce’s Bobby Voelker at UFC 158

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Patrick Cote weighs in during the official UFC 154 weigh in at New City Gas on November 16, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Canadian standout Patrick Cote will play host in his homeland and fight Bobby Voelker at UFC 158 in Montreal, UFC officials told on Friday.

The contest will be Cote’s welterweight debut after spending much of his carer at middleweight, as well as Voelker’s UFC debut following a recent stint in Strikeforce.

Cote (18-8) was last seen fighting Alessio Sakara at UFC 154 last month. The fight ended with Sakara being disqualified for landing numerous strikes to the back of Cote’s head. The two were scheduled to rematch at UFC 158, but, as reported by earlier this week, Sakara is experiencing issues with his kidneys and had to withdraw from the contest.

Voelker (24-8) is the latest Strikeforce fighter to transition over to the UFC, following names like Dan Henderson, Ronda Rousey and a list of others. “Vicious” last fought more than 17 months ago when he beat Roger Bowling by TKO in the third fight of their trilogy.

UFC 158 is headlined by welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre defending his title against Nick Diaz, and takes place at the Bell Centre on March 16.

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