Patrick Cote Draws Bobby Voelker in Welterweight Debut at UFC 158 in Montreal

December 21, 2012
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Patrick Cote Drew McFedries UFC Fight Night 12Patrick Cote, as originally reported by, is making the drop to welterweight in his next fight. And now we know that he’ll be able to do it on the UFC 158 fight card on March 16 in Montreal, as he had hoped.

“We’ve been thinking about it since about a year now. I think now it’s the time,” Cote told on Tuesday.

Cote had originally intended to stay at 185 pounds for one more fight when the UFC tried to put together a rematch with Alessio Sakara for UFC 158. When Sakara had to decline the fight due to kidney related health concerns, Cote finally pulled the trigger to drop down to welterweight, hopeful to remain on the Montreal fight card.

UFC Canadian officials on Friday confirmed that Cote would remain on the card. He is slated to welcome former Strikeforce fighter Bobby Voelker to the Octagon at the Bell Centre.

With Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker on Thursday finally confirming that the promotion will put on its final event on Jan. 12 in Oklahoma, Voelker becomes the latest Strikeforce combatant to migrate to the UFC.

He hasn’t seen action since July, but Voelker is currently in the midst of a three-fight winning streak that he’ll put on the line in Montreal.

Cote has struggled since returning to the UFC. He lost a unanimous decision to Cung Le in July and then was seemingly knocked out by Sakara last month at UFC 154. The Sakara result was changed to a disqualification win for Cote after it was determined that the knockout came via several illegal blows to the back of the head.

The former light heavyweight and now former middleweight will now get the chance to reinvent himself once again, this time at 170 pounds.

Georges St-Pierre headlines the UFC 158 fight card, putting his welterweight championship on the line against Nick Diaz.

Stay tuned to for all the latest UFC 158 news and fight coverage.

  • dan

    So Cote gets a pressumably easier fight while Lawler gets a monster test. I was actually hoping they wouldve pitted Lawler/Cote or @ least an easier fight for Robbie since has hasnt fought @ WW in years. Hell even Hardy/Lawler wouldve been nice.

    • no Brakes

      Voelker is tough, great chin,hits hard and always in great shape. He’s knocked out Roger Bowling and Erik Apple in Strikeforce , I think he wins this one !

  • rome

    2 losses away from getting cut again… two wins away from being considered a threat in the welterweight division…lets see how it goes.. im rooting for him..welterweight is his division though…

    • drkdisciple

      Two wins away from being considered a threat at welterweight? Are you serious? He could beat 10 Bobby Voelkers and he would still be a non factor!

  • stak

    “He hasn’t seen action since July, but Voelker is currently in the midst of a three-fight winning streak”

    You might want to double check that sherdog page. He hasn’t fought since July ’11.

    I was hoping you would mention why he’s been out of action so long, but obviously you have no clue what the hell you’re writing about,

    • No Brakes

      I think they were saying Cote hasn’t fought since July and Voelker blew his knee out.

  • Yannick Messaoud

    The guy is big i saw him in person a few times he walks around at 210 if not more cutting to 170 pounds is just stupid and unhealty, there decision sometimes are just plain stupid. Why not get better at 205 or at 185 instead of going down in weight. He will lose and get cut for sure.