The Fight Network is reporting that Patrick Cote has been forced to pull out of the UFC 83 card in Montreal, Canada because of a sprained knee that he suffered while falling on some ice. Cote was rumored to be fighting Alan Belcher in the UFC’s first foray into Canada, but according to Cote’s Manager Stephane Patry, “we were not going to take that fight anyway [with Belcher]” and that, “it wouldn’t make sense”. The reason behind it was because both Cote and Patry felt that a win over Belcher would do nothing to move Cote up the Middleweight ladder and a loss would do too much damage to his status.
Although their reasoning makes sense, a fight is a fight and the UFC awards great performances no matter who you are fighting. We’re not sure if there was another underlying reason that Cote and Patry didn’t want to take the fight against Belcher, but we’ll never know as Cote won’t be able to train for a month to a month and a half.
This leaves UFC 83 with 9 fights on the card again, so it’ll be interesting to see if the UFC fills in the 10th slot that it had or leave it empty. Most UFC events run with 9 fights on the card, but Dana White and the UFC wanted to give fans their money’s worth in Canada.