In Wake of UFC 158 Bout Cancelation, Patrick Cote Announces Move to Welterweight



UFC middleweight Patrick Cote will move to 170 pounds for his next fight.

“The Predator” recently announced his decision via Twitter after receiving word that his UFC 158 opponent, Alessio Sakara, had withdrawn from their rematch due to injury.

“After a year of thinking and good talk[s] with my coaches and nutritionist, it’s time,” Cote wrote. “My next fight will be at 170 [pounds]. Thanks for the support.”

Though he is currently without an opponent, Cote recently told Sherdog.com that he still hopes to compete at UFC 158, which takes place March 16 at Bell Centre in Montreal. The evening’s main card airs live on pay-per-view and is headlined by a welterweight title collision between longtime champion Georges St. Pierre and onetime Strikeforce ruler Nick Diaz.

Cote and Sakara initially met on Nov. 17 at UFC 154, with Cote picking up a disqualification victory after absorbing a series of illegal punches and hammerfists to the back of his head. The victory marked Cote’s fifth triumph in his last six fights and the first disqualification win of his career.

A Quebec native, Cote fought for the UFC middleweight belt in 2008 but came up short in his bid to dethrone Anderson Silva, receiving his promotional release in 2010 following losses to Alan Belcher and Tom Lawlor. The 32-year-old was called back to the Octagon this summer on the strength of a four-fight win streak, dropping a unanimous decision to ex-Strikeforce champ Cung Le on July 7 at UFC 148.

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