Strikeforce veteran Bobby Voelker will make his Octagon debut on March 16, facing Patrick Cote in a UFC 158 welterweight attraction.

Cote had initially been scheduled to rematch Alessio Sakara at the event, but “Legionarius” was forced to withdraw due to injury. As a result, “The Predator” will make the cut to 170 pounds for the first time in his career against Voelker. UFC 158 takes place at the Bell Centre in Montreal and is headlined by a welterweight title collision between longtime champion Georges St. Pierre and former Strikeforce ruler Nick Diaz.

A winner of three straight fights, Voelker recently capped his trilogy with Roger Bowling by posting a pair of second-round technical knockout victories over the Ohioan, the last of which came in July 2011. Voelker, 33, has not fought since. The five-time Strikeforce vet has competed professionally 32 times in over six years as a pro, stopping 15 of his 24 victims by form of knockout along the way.

Cote, 32, began his career as a light heavyweight before making the move to 185 pounds in 2005, eventually challenging Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title in 2008. Following his defeat to “The Spider,” Cote returned to the Octagon in 2010 after a lengthy injury layoff. Back-to-back losses would then signal Cote’s UFC release, but the native Quebecer was called back to the organization earlier this year, as “The Predator” was outpointed by ex-Strikeforce king Cung Le at UFC 148. Cote most recently fought Sakara last month at UFC 154, winning by disqualification after the Italian landed a series of illegal blows to the back of his head.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Cote aims to pull a Bisping and earn title shot

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 views

Patrick Cote saw what fellow veteran Michael Bisping did with his title shot later in his career, and now wants to do the same and earn his chance. That road begins with a win against Donald Cowboy C read news >>

UFC Fight Night Ottawa Joe Rogan Video Preview: Donald Cerrone vs. Patrick Cote

  • 14 days ago
  • 45 views

UFC commentator Joe Rogan breaks down the Fight Night Ottawa co-main event between welterweights Donald Cerrone and Patrick Cote. read news >>

Stress-free Cote just enjoying the moment these days

  • 14 days ago
  • 0 views

Patrick Cote is still fighting because he wants to, not because he needs to. It's that mindset that has him relaxed stress-free for his fight against Donald Cerrone on Saturday at Fight Night Ottawa. read news >>

UFC Fight Night Ottawa Video: Donald Cerrone – New Division, Same Cowboy

  • 13 days ago
  • 58 views

Catch up with Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone ahead of his welterweight bout against Patrick Cote at Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Thompson in Ottawa on Saturday. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 89 Results: Donald Cerrone TKOs Patrick Cote in the Third

  • 12 days ago
  • 114 views

Donald Cerrone finished off Patrick Cote in the third round of their co-main event at UFC Fight Night 89 in Ottawa, Quebec, Canada on Saturday. read news >>

UFC Fight Night Ottawa Video Highlights: Donald Cerrone’s Finish of Patrick Cote

  • 12 days ago
  • 26 views

Watch Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone obliterate Patrick Cote in the third-round during the UFC Fight Night 89: MacDonald vs. Thompson co-main event on Saturday. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 89: Donald Cerrone Scores Dominant TKO Win over Patrick Cote

  • 12 days ago
  • 40 views

At the first UFC event in Ottawa, Canada, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone (30-7) dominated Patrick "The Predator" Cote (23-10) for two-and-a-half rounds before dropping him with punches and ending the fight read news >>

UFC Veteran Light Heavyweight Ryan Jimmo Reportedly Dead at 34

  • 4 days ago
  • 68 views

Seven-fight UFC veteran Ryan Jimmo has died due to injuries suffered from a hit-and-run in a nightclub parking lot in the early morning hours of June 26. read news >>

Fighters React to the Death of Ryan Jimmo via Twitter

  • 4 days ago
  • 113 views

On Sunday, it was reported that UFC veteran Ryan Jimmo was tragically killed during a hit-and-run incident in the parking lot of a Canadian night club. read news >>

Two Men Arrested, Charged in the Death of UFC Veteran Ryan Jimmo

  • a day ago
  • 48 views

Two men involved in the hit and run death of UFC veteran Ryan Jimmo have been arrested and charged. read news >>