Claude Patrick fights off the bad luck

By Steve Buffery, Toronto Sun

Don’t expect Claude Patrick, known in fight circles as The Prince, to be particularly charming when he meets Daniel Roberts at UFC 129 on April 30.

Patrick is a classy dude away from the octagon, but he’s also a mixed martial arts fighter at the top of his game and a victory over Roberts would bring him one step closer to a world title.

But Patrick’s journey has been fraught with some major setbacks — including one that nearly cost him his life.

A couple of years ago, the Mississauga fighter was in Gatineau, Que., to do commentary at an MMA show when he was attacked by a group of men at a hotel.

“They think I was Tasered, though nobody’s 100% sure,” the personable fighter said this week after a workout at his gym, Elite Training Centre in Mississauga.

“All I know, I was in a hotel knocking at somebody’s door and then it’s a complete blank from there. I woke up in a hospital with a tube in my throat. I thought maybe I was in a car accident.”

Patrick was beaten so badly that doctors had to put him in a medically induced coma.

He had two tell-tale burns on his neck, thought to come from a stun gun.

While nobody is certain why he was attacked, he does have an idea.

“(Apparently) the promoter owed some guys money and those guys came looking for their money and I was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said.

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