A sprained knee has forced Patrick Cote off Montreal’s UFC 83 card, and Canadian Jason Day (15-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC to fight Alan Belcher (12-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC), according to a report from The Fight Network.
According to the report, Cote suffered a sprained knee after falling on some ice and will be unable to train for four to six weeks. Day, who’s been on the UFC’s radar for the better part of the past year, recently defeated former UFC fighter David Loiseau with a split decision at a Hardcore Fighting Championships event earlier this month. It was his four-straight victory — and apparently enough to earn a UFC contract.
UFC 83 takes place at Montreal’s Bell Centre. The event, which created the quickest sellout in UFC history, features a main event of UFC welterweight champ Matt Serra vs. interim champ Georges St. Pierre.
Last week Belcher told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he had accepted the fight with Cote. However, Cote’s manager told TFN that his client wouldn’t have accepted the fight even if there were no injury, saying a win over Belcher would do little to help his career.
Day has fought for some of North America’s top regional promotions and owns victories over the likes of Loiseau, Jonathan Goulet and Ron Faircloth. Of his 15 career victories, seven have come via knockout and seven via submission.
Belcher was supposed to fight Ricardo Almeida earlier this month at UFC 81 but had to pull out of the fight with bronchitis. A former light heavyweight, he began his UFC career with a 1-2 record. However, he’s since posted back-to-back victories over Sean Salmon and Kalib Starnes. His UFC 77 fight with Starnes appeared to be “Fight of the Night” material, but the bout was stopped a couple minutes into the second round because of a deep gash on Starnes’ forehead. Belcher was credited with the TKO victory.
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