Patrick Cote considers his drop to welterweight a smart move since the middleweight division has become a place where fighters who naturally walk around at 230 pounds are making the drop to 170 pounds.
The 15 pound weight cut seems to be a smooth transition for “The Predator.”
“It was a lot easier than I thought,” said Cote on MMA Junkie Radio. “I didn’t starve and I ate pretty well. We did it all during the training camp and it was 10 times easier than I thought.”
To make the drop, Cote has been working with professional nutritionists and he isn’t lacking food in his diet. Cote averages 2,700 calories per day and has excluded gluten from his life, which he believes was a key factor in him packing on the pounds.
Cote had been planning on cutting weight since the fall, and only delayed the move after his fight with Alessio Sakara end via disqualification for illegal shots to the back of the head. The rematch fell through when Sakara went down with an injury and Cote made the call to end his middleweight days.
Once Cote finishes fighting, he plans to attend school to become a nutritionist.
At UFC 158, a lighter Cote takes on Bobby Voelker. That will be on March 16 from the Bell Centre in Canada.