Former number one UFC middleweight contender Patrick “The Predator” Cote revealed via his Twitter account this afternoon that he has been handed a pink slip by the UFC in the wake of his UFC 121 loss to Tom Lawlor.
Cote wrote, “I had a little hope but finally got the release word from the UFC .. Its been a awesome experience ! I ll be back !!”
The Canadian fighter has been in and out of the UFC more than once, having four separate stints with the promotion interrupted by rebound fights in smaller fight shows. Sporting a career record of 13-7, the talented 185-pounder has been unable to maintain a stride within the UFC’s eight walls and will now be sent to find success under another promotion’s banner.
“The Predator” sports a UFC record of 4-7 and the three-fight losing streak that prompted his release offset a title shot-earning five-fight run that included victories over Scott Smith, Jason Day, Kendall Grove, Drew McFedries, and Ricardo Almeida. Cote fought UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva for his belt at UFC 90 in October of 2008. Known for his sheer toughness and knockout power, Cote held his own against Silva for the better part of three rounds before suffering a fight-ending injury to his right knee after throwing a kick; granting Silva the TKO victory.
His current skid came courtesy Silva, Alan Belcher (submission-rear naked choke), and Lawlor (unanimous decision).