“Dear Tim Sylvia, shut the hell up, win fights and stop begging, it’s (expletive) annoying!”
~ Patrick Cote via Twitter.
Patrick Cote wants to get back to the UFC, and he’s made no bones about that in past interviews, but there’s one thing he wants to make clear: he’s not going to beg for the UFC to take him back via Twitter, Facebook, or any other social network.
Since exiting the UFC in 2010, Cote has picked up three wins in a row. This weekend in Brazil he’ll go for No. 4 against Gustavo Machado, and if that’s not enough for Joe Silva to call him up, then he’ll go on and win another fight, and then another, and then yet another, if that’s what it takes.
“I don’t have a lot of control about the decision who is going to put me back in the UFC. My only power I have is be in shape and win fights and that’s what I’m doing. Three wins in a row, and I’m going for a fourth one. The UFC asked us to go to somebody better than my last two opponents, and with a winning record, so that’s exactly what we’re doing,” Cote explained when speaking to MMAWeekly Radio.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia recently took to Twitter to try and get the UFC’s attention, and get a call back to the big show. Cote’s anger at the tactic erupted via his own Twitter account, but he promises it wasn’t necessarily targeted at Sylvia.
Cote was targeting any former UFC fighter that was going the social networking route as opposed to fighting to get back to the Octagon.
“Maybe that was a little bit out of control because that wasn’t a personal attack to Tim Sylvia, but that was just begging to have a chance to go back to the UFC, for me, it’s just a shame. You can’t beg the big organizations like that,” said Cote.
“You’ve been a champion in this organization; you know how things work. You’re not going to go anywhere by begging like that. I was just annoyed about begging, a lot of the begging, and I said loud what a lot of people was thinking. I have nothing against Sylvia. He’s been a great champion. He did a lot in the sport. He did a lot in the UFC. I hope he’s going to be back in the UFC. That’s not the point. The point was just about the begging thing.”
The way back to the UFC is to win fights and impress the likes of UFC matchmaker Joe Silva, who is the man offering the contracts and bout agreements for anybody coming into the promotion. It’s also interesting to note that Silva is not on Twitter or Facebook.
That’s what Cote wants to get across to Tim Sylvia or any other fighter trying to return to the UFC. Fight your way back, that’s it, and that’s all.
“The only thing you have to do is shut your mouth, win fights, and prove you deserve to be back in the big show by winning fights and by your performance,” Cote stated.
“It’s the only way to get back. You have to prove yourself again to deserve the chance to get back in the big show; that’s what I’m doing.”
Cote will try to do that very thing this weekend as he travels to Brazil to face Gustavo Machado for his fourth win in a row. Will the UFC come calling if he’s victorious?
There’s no telling, but count Patrick Cote as one of the fighters who won’t be begging the UFC for another shot if he does.