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UFC 158: Patrick Cote Vs. Bobby Voelker

Patrick Cote vs. Bobby Voelker

We wrap up the prelims with welterweights Patrick Cote (18-8) and Bobby Voelker (24-8). Cote is making his debut at 170 pounds and is a former No. 1 middleweight contender. Voelker, meanwhile has won three straight and is 4-1 in his last five. Phillippe Chartier is the referee in charge of the action.

Round 1: Loud chant for the Canadian Cote, who rocks Voelker with a pair of early rights. Voelker misses with an overhand right, but ties things up and goes for a takedown. Cote fights it off and reverses control. Voelker lands a left and Cote shakes it off. More combos from “The Predator,” while Voelker is looking for the single knockout punch. The former Strikeforce vet gets a takedown as Cote pulls guard. Cote searching for an armbar, but is unable to get it. Voelker in control, but unable to execute any offense.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cote

Round 2: Cote is landing everything he throws, but Voelker is just taking it. No quit in Voelker at all, and he looks a little more relaxed this round. Voelker using the right leg kick, which Cote is not checking at all. Cote has Voelker caught up against the fence and lands several lefts and rights, but he’s unable to drop him. Voelker now unleashing his offense, as his punches are slipping through the defense. Cote drops and Voelker lands a knee, and another. Cote now has a large cut on his forehead and blood is pouring down his face. Voelker with a takedown and the round comes to an end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Voelker

Round 3: Voelker stuns Cote right at the start of the round, but he is able to recover and deliver a pair of strikes of his own. Cote throws a flying knee, and this bout has lived up to the hype so far. I’ve got it 1-1 through two rounds, and so far, Voelker has been better in this final stanza. Sharp elbow from Cote, but Voelker unloads with a left-right combo and a knee to the body. Cote catches it and goes for a takedown, but is unable to get it. Voelker reverses things and gets his second takedown of the match and is throwing down some huge right hands with two-plus minutes left. Voelker remains in control, tossing Cote to the mat. Cote looking for an armbar, but is denied. Another takedown for Voelker as the round starts to wind down. Very dominating UFC debut for Voelker.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Voelker

Patrick Cote def. Bobby Voelker via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)