Following a loss to Tom Lawlor at UFC 121 last Saturday night, former middleweight title contender Patrick Cote has been released from the UFC.
The Canadian fighter made the announcement via his personal Twitter account on Wednesday.
“I had a little hope, but finally got the release word from the UFC,” Cote wrote. “It’s been an awesome experience, I’ll be back!”
Cote went 4-7 in his time with the UFC over a span of six years and two different stints with the promotion. Debuting in 2004 on short notice, Cote made an impression with a hard fought battle against former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz, but then went on to lose a couple of more in a row before leaving the promotion.
Battling his way back to the UFC during Season 4 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Cote lost in the finale of the reality show to Travis Lutter. He then turned things around with a five-fight winning streak, four of those taking place in the Octagon.
After suffering a knee injury in his title fight against Anderson Silva in October 2008, Cote underwent two different surgeries to repair the damage and, after more than a year away, he returned at UFC 113, but suffered defeat at the hands of Alan Belcher.
The loss to Lawlor at UFC 121 was Cote’s third in a row. The UFC has decided to part ways with the Canadian heavy hitter at this time.
Obviously a popular fighter all over, but especially in his home country of Canada, it likely won’t take long for the calls to come in bidding for Cote’s services. With a few quality wins under his belt, there’s no doubt he can earn his way back to the UFC.