Former middleweight contender Patrick Cote will be back in the UFC as he steps in to face Cung Le at UFC 148. Several sources confirmed the bout to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday. MMAJunkie.com initially reported the switch.
Cote comes back to the UFC on a four-fight win streak and a serious determination to get back in the Octagon.
Following three consecutive losses in the UFC, Cote was released from the promotion. The Canadian slugger immediately started to work his way back to the Octagon.
Since that time he’s picked up four wins in a row including stoppages in his last two fights. He’s made it very clear that he was looking for any opportunity to get back in the UFC and now he’s got it.
Cote will step in on just over one month’s notice to face Cung Le, who needed an opponent after Rich Franklin was yanked to go fight at UFC 147 in the main event against Wanderlei Silva.