It’s been over 14 months since UFC middleweight Patrick Cote was last seen inside an Octagon, however, as we reported earlier this week, the French-Canadian’s hiatus will come to an end at UFC 113 on May 1st.
Cote originally tore the meniscus and medial collateral ligament in his right knee during the third round of his title bout against UFC middleweight champion 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. Cote noted that he is excited to get back in the octagon after such a long layoff.
“It feels great! I’m very happy and it’s about time,” Cote told MMACanada.net. “I’m very excited! I wanted a big fight right away and the UFC gave me what I wanted so I’m extremely satisfied!”
A report on TopMMANews.com states that Cote will face Alan Belcher at the event. The two were originally scheduled to square off at UFC 83 in Montreal, however Cote was forced to bow out of the fight due to an injury.
UFC 113 is scheduled to take place on May 1, 2010 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A light-heavyweight championship bout between champion Lyoto Machida and challenger Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is slated for the card.
Thanks to Tim Ngo