Cote Hoping Win Over Starnes Will be First Step Back to UFC

By Kelsey Mowatt

If there ever was a time to describe a fighter’s career with the words ‘roller coaster ride’, look no further then Patrick “The Predator” Cote. After pounding his way to a title shot against UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva in October, 2008, a series of knee injuries sidelined Cote until May, 2010. Upon his long awaited return, Cote incurred back-to-back defeats against Alan Belcher and Tom Lawlor, and now the former contender finds himself on the outside of the UFC looking in. It’s a position the 30 year-old-fighter has been in and rebounded from before.

“My goal is to be back in the UFC,” Cote (13-7) recently told FCF. “I want to finish 2011 in the UFC. It’s going to start April 9th with Kalib Starnes and we’ll see after that. I’m supposed to fight in June as well, but I don’t want to look past Kalib Starnes, because that would be a big mistake; I respect him. In my mind I’m going to knock him out. I know that and he knows that too.”

Despite his recent setbacks, Cote remains one of Canada’s more accomplished MMA fighters, and it was no surprise when news surfaced that the Quebecois fighter would headline Ringside MMA’s upcoming April 9th event against the aforementioned Starnes.

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