Canada News and Notes: Cote Talks Grove
For many fighters there comes a time when they must face that
so-called "last chance." Patrick Cote (Pictures) must feel that way all the
For the better part of two years, the Quebec middleweight has seen
his stock rise and fall with virtually every fight, starting after
back-to-back knockouts of Steve Vigneault (Pictures) and Bill Mahood (Pictures) that earned him a three-fight
deal with the UFC.
For Cote, his first appearance on the big stage was in essence a
baptism by fire, when in Oct. 2004 he fought the "bad boy" from
"After my fight against (Tito) Ortiz I realized I was too small to
fight at 205 at the international level," Cote recalled.
"Middleweight is the best weight to fight for me. Right now I'm
just thinking that all of the bad luck that I was supposed to have
in my career at 185 already has passed and only the best things can
happen to me in the future."
That so-called luck Cote alluded to includes a shocking submission
loss to Joe Doerksen
(Pictures), a fight which saw Cote
dominate his Canadian compatriot only to get caught late in the
final round; a hotly contested split decision loss to "Ultimate
Fighter" alum Chris Leben
(Pictures) paved the way for Cote's
exit from the UFC; and a successful run on the "Comeback" edition
of TUF ended abruptly when Travis Lutter (Pictures) ended "The Predator's" quest for
a second title shot in the UFC.
In spite of losing in the finale, Cote was given another
opportunity to shine facing off with fellow TUF cast member
Scott Smith, and of despite
walking away with the "W" Cote, again, found himself on the outside
A TKO title bout with Lethbridge, Alberta's Jason Day was yet another one of
these do-or-die moments for Cote -- and Day as well. With both
fighters on the proverbial UFC bubble, an impressive win was the
only surefire way back to the show, and Cote did it in style with a
first round stoppage.
Now, nearly three months later, The Predator finds himself back on
a UFC card in another key fight in his still blossoming career.
"I had a really strong training camp," Cote told Sherdog.com. "I
went to Boston to Sityodtong. I had really good Muay Thai training
there with a tall guy, six-four, six-five -- a lot easier than
Kendall. I'm ready for his reach. I'm ready for his height. My
wrestling and my ground game are ready too. This is the best
training camp I have ever had in my life."
So what can the fans in attendance and watching around the world on
"I will start the fight very aggressive, and he'll start off that
way too," predicted Cote. "I think that it will be a hell fight --
you know, we are going to open the show so we want to put on a good
show for the fans."
Cote didn't hesitate in pointing out where he believes Grove's
"I think he has a suspect chin," said the TKO middleweight champ.
"I saw his fights against (Hector) Ramirez and (Joe) Riggs. The
thing is I have to be careful about his reach, so like I said I did
the perfect training camp for this type of fighter. I can see
myself knocking him out … the thing is, I don't think he'll be able
to put me on my back. I really think I will stop him before the
bell to end the second round.
"He [Kendall] said in an interview that he wanted to stay on the
feet and bang with me and if he's in trouble he will take me down.
I really think he will try to take me down because I am really
confident about my skills on my feet right now. If he tries to take
me down I think he would be surprised … I've improved a lot on my
wrestling right now, I'm really comfortable everywhere the fight
As for any immediate plans for a defense of his newly acquire TKO
middleweight title, Cote was upfront.
"All of my energy and my focus is to have a nice career in the
UFC," he said. "The thing is, this is my full time job so you have
to go where the money is. It's real nice to fight here in Montreal
in front of my crowd, my fans and my hometown, but the UFC is the
biggest organization in the world and if you are there, you want to
stay there for as long as possible. I want to defend my title in
TKO but right now my first priority is to do well in the UFC right
For Canadian mixed martial arts fans, all eyes will be focused on
the River Cree Resort and Casino this Friday for MFC's latest card,
as Victor Valimaki
(Pictures) and Roger Hollett finally
face off for the Maximum Fighting Championship light heavyweight
The card also features two undefeated prospects as Ryan Forde takes
on Randy Valette, while Ryan McGillivray makes his lightweight
debut against Albuquerque, New Mexico's Donald Sanchez.
With a number of organizations apparently in the running for his
services, British Columbia's Denis Kang (Pictures) is expected to sign on the dotted
line with K-1 HERO'S and it is likely his first fight will be
against Japanese legend and perennial fan favorite Kazushi Sakuraba (Pictures), reported Portal do Vale
Kang hasn't seen action since a decision win over Junggyou Choi at
Spirit MC in March in which he suffered a broke a bone in his right
hand, and his proposed fight with Sakuraba would take place Sept.
17 in Yokohama, Japan.
Ultimate Generation Combat will depart the cozy confines of the
Medley in Montreal for the much larger Pierre Charbonneau Center
November 10 for UGC 19: TKO Night, which is scheduled to feature
the return of APEX middleweight champion Fritz "The Animal" Paul as
well as UGC Heavyweight champion and UFC veteran Pat Smith (yes,
the Pat Smith) for his first title defense.
Paul last saw action back in October of 2006 when he captured the
vacant APEX middleweight title with a gutsy decision win over Nabil
There was some new hardware handed out in Edmonton last Friday as
King of the Cage Canada looked to fill the vacant heavyweight
title. Tim Hague walked away with the championship stopping highly
regarded grappler Adriano Bernardo with strikes in the second
Vancouver's Ben Greer made a
successful trip up to lightweight, catching Thierry Quenneville
(Pictures) with a rear-naked choke in
Tim Hague def. Adriano Bernardo TKO 3:49 R2
Ben Greer def. Thierry Quenneville
(Pictures) submission (rear-naked
choke) 4:29 R2
Dan Shenk def. Daryl Bonar
submission (guillotine) 3:03 R1
Nick Hinchliffe def. Christian Smith KO 1:19 R1
Karl Erikson def. Jerry Winslow TKO 1:28 R1
Victor Buchmann def. Sheldon Westcott split decision (29-28, 27-30,
Ryan Chiappe def. Jase Nibourg TKO 0:30 R1
Jason Volpe def. Dustin Dickeson submission rear-naked choke) 2:22
Mike Muise def. Richard Menard DQ (illegal knee) 3:20 R1
Cory Knapp def. Chris Conlin submission (Kimura) 1:48 R1
Chris Ladouceur def. Lee Berger KO 0:11 R1
Bernie St. Pierre def. Craig Arcand submission (rear-naked choke)
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