It’s been almost 18 months since UFC middleweight Patrick Cote was last seen inside an Octagon. According to the French-Canadian, his surgically repaired knee is still giving him issues which will keep him on the sidelines until 2010.
“My ACL is good, but my MCL is busted,” Cote told MMAWeekly.com. “So I have to go under surgery again.”
Cote stated that he will be going under the knife today to fix the lingering issues with his knee. With the recovery and rehab, don’t expect to see him fighting again any time soon.
“Not before February or March, for sure,” Cote said of a possible return date.
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. 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.
In fact, UFC brass loved it so much, they subsequently inked Cote to a four-fight extension, even after word broke on his knee.
Getting hit with the injury bug is a part of professional sports, and that is why Cote has been able to keep such a level head during this trying time.
“It’s like the bad luck is still against me, but what can I do?” Cote asked. “I’ll be back. I’m going to heal very, very well and after that my knee will be 100-percent. It sucks, but hey. I can’t wait to be back!”