Consecutive defeats to middleweight champion Anderson
Belcher and Tom Lawlor
have left former title contender Patrick Cote
(Pictured) without a place on the UFC roster.
The 30-year-old Canadian on Wednesday announced he had been
released by the promotion following his unanimous decision loss to
Lawlor at UFC 121 “Lesnar vs. Velasquez” on Saturday at the Honda
Center in Anaheim, Calif. Lawlor grounded Cote at will throughout
their 15-minute encounter and racked up points with
“I had a little hope but finally got the release word from the
UFC,” Cote wrote on Twitter.
Cote, a former two-division TKO champion, has also held titles
inside the King of the Cage and Maximum Fighting Championship
promotions. He owns notable victories against “The Ultimate
Fighter” Season 3 winner Kendall
Grove, former middleweight King of Pancrase Ricardo
Almeida and current Strikeforce standout Scott Smith.
He has delivered nine of his 13 career wins by knockout, technical
knockout or submission.
A five-fight winning streak carried Cote into his UFC 90 title bout
against Silva. A non-contact knee injury thwarted his hopes in the
third round, led to two knee surgeries and put him on the sidelines
for more than a year. Cote was a finalist on Season 4 of “The
Ultimate Fighter” reality series.