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Patrick Cote Moving to Welterweight; Still Hopes to Fight at UFC 158

Posted on by Damon Martin

The welterweight division has added one of the hardest punchers in the sport as Patrick Cote has made the decision to drop down to 170lbs.

Cote was originally slated to fight at UFC 158 against Alessio Sakara in a rematch of their bout at UFC 154 that ended in a disqualification. Unfortunately, Sakara suffered an injury and was forced out of their bout.

That change of plans allowed Cote the time to make a decision that’s been in his mind for the past 12-months.

“We’ve been thinking about it since about a year now. I think now it’s the time,” Cote told MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday. “I was a pretty decent middleweight a couple years ago, but now those guys are really, really big. They’re cutting from like 230, 225, and I’m walking around at 205 so I spoke with my coach and my nutritionist and it’s doable so we’re going to do it.”

Cote says the plan to move to welterweight was already in place following his original fight against Sakara in November, but once the rematch was offered by the UFC he decided to go ahead with one last match-up at 185lbs.

“I was staying at 185 because of this rematch, but it’s not going to happen. We’re not sure when he’s going to be ready to fight, so for me it was just the right time to do it,” Cote stated.

As of now, Cote is already in the process of shedding the extra weight he kept on to fight at middleweight. He’s working alongside a nutritionist to drop the pounds in a healthy manner, and is already down below 200lbs.

Following Sakara’s removal from the UFC 158 card, Cote informed the UFC of his decision to drop down to welterweight, but as of yet they have not found him a new opponent for the card coming up in Montreal.

The plan is for Cote to still compete at UFC 158, and he promises his weight will be in check and ready to go.

“In my mind the target is March 16,” Cote said about fighting at UFC 158. “If it’s not happening there I’ll be ready to fight around that, but I’m hoping to fight in Montreal.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charlie-Phillips/1234886916 Charlie Phillips

    cote at ww if the cut doesnt drain him too much he will be a beast

    • drkdisciple

      Wish i could agree but Cote will be at best a 500 fighter at which ever weight he fights. Cote is unable to beat wrestler and guess what there are plenty of those at 170.

      • morgan henry

        anderson silva cant beat any wrestlers either, chael whooped his ass and weidman whoops his ass all the time in his nightmares

        • adam1848

          Thats odd. I thought Dan Henderson was a two time Olympian in Greco-Roman wrestling, and I seem to remember a ref twice having to save Chael Sonnen from serious injury at the hands of Anderson Silva. But if you say he can’t beat any wrestlers, I must be mistaken.

        • drkdisciple

          For a guy that cant beat wrestlers he has yet to lose to one! I bet Cote wishes he had the same problem!!

  • bajafox

    Good move, 170 is already pretty stacked with possible match ups. GSP is going to have his hands full trying to keep that belt around his waste these next few fights.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dwlstride Daniel Winge Stride

    if he can handle the weight cut and stay healthy then its a smart move for him;)

  • Santz

    I’ve always though Cote looked a little soft around the belly to where he can easily get a little leaner and fight at welter weight without a problem.