Since tearing the meniscus and medial collateral ligament in his right knee six months ago, middleweight Patrick Cote has been on the sidelines biding his time. In fact, all he has is time nowadays.
“I can do conditioning training with my conditioning coach. I can’t box. I can’t wrestle. I can’t do some jiu-jitsu. I can’t do fight training yet,” Cote said of his current training regimen. “But maybe in a month I’ll be able to just box. In a few months, I’ll be able to start wrestling and jiu-jitsu. I (currently) do conditioning four or five times a week, that’s it.”
His recovery time period has been moving at a snail’s pace, but he is eying a return to the Octagon later this summer. “If it’s not at the end of August, it’s the middle of September. My target is UFC 102 or 103,” stated the hopeful Canadian.
A lot of time has passed since Cote took middleweight king Anderson Silva to the 3rdRound. At the time, it was the deepest anyone had taken the champ inside an Octagon. Although he ended up “losing,” Cote wants to jump right back in against the division’s elite.
“My goal is to have another title fight. I’ll fight anybody, but I do this sport to be No.1, to be world champion,” stated a determined Cote. “I will run after a title fight again, but even if Anderson Silva is not the champion anymore, I want a rematch with him. Not because I hate the guy, but because I just want to finish this business. I want a real decision on this fight.”
The dynamic of the UFC’s 185-pound division has changed quite a bit since his injury. It will be interesting to see where Cote fits in the pecking order once he returns.
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