When Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White held a press conference last week to officially kick off the promotion’s entry into the Canadian market, he indicated that UFC veteran and Quebec native Patrick Cote would be fighting on the April 19 event in Montreal. MMAWeekly learned on Sunday that Cote, planning to fight on that card, suffered an injury and had to withdraw.
Speculation was that he would fight Alan Belcher at UFC 83 at the Bell Centre. MMAWeekly sources indicated that Belcher had been offered and accepted the fight. However, in speaking with Cote’s manager, The Fight Network reported that Cote had never accepted and would not have accepted that fight.
Due to the injury, that fight is not an option anyway. There has not been any official confirmation from the UFC, but Belcher is still reportedly fighting at UFC 83, now facing a different Canadian. Coming off of two straight victories in the Octagon, Belcher will attempt to keep his streak alive by facing Jason Day.
Day is on a winning streak of his own, now at four straight. He recently fought on the Hardcore Championship Fighting event in Calgary, winning a split decision over UFC veteran David Loiseau.
The fight card for UFC 83 stands at 10 bouts, although only nine have been announced by the UFC.
UFC 83 bouts, officially announced:
-Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Serra
-Rich Franklin vs. Travis Lutter
-Michael Bisping vs. Charles McCarthy
-Kalib Starnes vs. Nate Quarry
-Jason MacDonald vs. Joe Doerksen
-Mac Danzig vs. Mark Bocek
-Sam Stout vs. Rich Clementi
-Kuniyoshi Hironaka vs. Jonathan Goulet
-Ed Herman vs. Demian Maia