It’s been over 14 months since UFC middleweight Patrick Cote was last seen inside an Octagon, however the French-Canadian just announced his hiatus will come to an end at UFC 113 on May 1st.
“It feels great! I’m very happy and it’s about time,” Cote told MMACanada.net today. “I’m very excited! I wanted a big fight right away and the UFC gave me what I wanted so I’m extremely satisfied!”
When asked who “The Predator” might make his big comeback against, the former 185-pound top contender remained tight-lipped until the ink was dry on their contracts.
“I will confirm the opponent as soon as I can and when everything is signed,” Cote added.
Multiple news outlets are reporting that Alan Belcher, who is fresh off signing a four-fight UFC extension, has agreed to roll out the welcome back wagon for Cote.
Cote originally tore the meniscus and medial collateral ligament in his right knee during the 3rdRound of his title bout against champ Anderson Silva at UFC 90 back in October 2008. At the time, it was the deepest anyone had taken the champ in an Octagon battle.
Without any contact, Cote awkwardly fell to the canvas, bringing the fight to its conclusion. Although he ended up “losing” the scrap, he earned a lot of respect from his peers for challenging the “untouchable” champ.
UFC 113 is expected to take place inside the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Here are the fighters rumored for the pay-per-view broadcast:
Sam Stout vs. Jeremy Stephens
Patrick Cote vs. Alan Belcher
Marcus Davis vs. Jonathan Goulet
Rashad Evans vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Lyoto Machida (UFC Light Heavyweight Champion)