Once a challenger to Anderson Silva’s throne, Patrick Cote decided to say farewell to the middleweight division and head one weight class below at welterweight.
Cote surprised everyone by breaking the news on Twitter that his next outing will be at 170 pounds, and not his weight class of origin.
“After a year thinking and debating with my coaches and nutritionists, it’s time. My next fight will be at 170,” the fighter said in a post on his Twitter account.
The Canadian is coming off a disqualification win over Alessio Sakara, whom he was scheduled to rematch at the March UFC 158 event in Montreal, Canada. Sakara landed strikes to the forbidden behind-the-head region on Cote at UFC 154, resulting in the Italian’s knockout being immediately overturned. The UFC was quick in scheduling a March rematch, but Sakara pulled out of the fight due to kidney problems, as reported by GRACIEMAG.com earlier this week.
Could Patrick be set to make his divisional debut at UFC 158? That’s yet to be seen. The UFC has so far not issued a statement.
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