Former UFC middleweight contender Patrick Cote will make his welterweight debut at UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz against Bobby Voelker. UFC Canadian officials confirmed the fight on Friday.
UFC 158 takes place March 16 from Montreal. The main event will see Georges St-Pierre face Nick Diaz for the UFC welterweight title.
Cote (18-8) was expected to meet Alessio Sakara in a rematch that night, but Sakara was forced out with a kidney issue. “The Predator” recently said he was planning a move to welterweight after that fight, but decided to start the change now.
Voelker (24-8) was a mainstay for Strikeforce Challengers since 2009, going 4-1 in the promotion. He will be making his UFC debut and is currently on a three-fight win streak.