Patrick Cote wants back in the UFC and he’s willing to punch Michael Bisping in the face to prove it.
The one-time middleweight title contender was released from the UFC after three straight losses, with the final one coming in October 2010 against Tom Lawlor. Since that time, however, Cote has reeled off three straight victories over three UFC veterans outside the promotion.
Now he’s banging on the door to get back in.
“I actually only did one bad fight in my career and that was against Tom Lawlor. If you take all of my fights in the UFC, all of the fights are pretty entertaining, or I had bad luck like I broke my knee or I got stomped on my head. I feel great, and I think I did what I had to do, three wins in a row so let’s do this,” Cote told MMAWeekly Radio.
Complacency was Cote’s true enemy in his last run for the UFC. The Canadian middleweight has never lost outside of the Octagon, but admits that sometimes you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.
“My mistake was maybe I felt too comfortable in the UFC, but that’s my mistake. I forgot that maybe that’s the biggest thing in the world. Right now, I regret that, but it wasn’t that I didn’t train. I trained very hard, it was just in my mindset,” Cote explained.
“You can fall, but the most important thing is how you get back on your feet. That’s what I did, three wins in a row after that.”
The three wins came over UFC veterans much like Cote in Kalib Starnes, Todd Brown, and most recently Crafton Wallace. Now Cote is gunning for another shot in the UFC, and eventually he hopes for a fight that he’s been asking about for years.
Cote wants to fight Ultimate Fighter season 14 coach Michael Bisping in the worst way, and has desired that fight for quite some time.
“I want to get back there. In my head I know I can beat more than half of the fighters at 185 pounds, especially a guy like Mike Bisping. He has too much hype around him. It’s just my opinion,” Cote said.
“As much as I like Jason Miller, I thought he looked terrible. It was pretty bad. In the second round he got tired like that, in the main event, especially in a fight like that. It was pretty bad, but in the other way we saw that Bisping has no power at all in his punch. I think he punched him 100 times and he didn’t rock him once.”
On the other hand, Cote knows his punching power is a proven asset and he’d love to test his hands against Bisping. Obviously, Cote understands the first goal is just to get back to the UFC, but he’s happy to earn his way back up the ladder and then go after the brash Brit in the cage.
“Before I got kicked out of the UFC, I had wanted this fight for five years,” said Cote. “The timing wasn’t good, and I didn’t get the chance to punch him in the face. After that we had some words on Twitter and on the internet, and I just said I’m not a big fan of him. He took it personally and started calling me names. Just because I’m not in the UFC anymore doesn’t mean I can’t kick his ass.”
So the push is on for Cote to get back in the UFC, and with a proposed card for his hometown of Montreal in late March, “The Predator” thinks it’s a perfect time for his return.
“There’s a big movement on Twitter and Facebook with everybody calling my name to come back in (Montreal). The decision is not in my hands. I think I did my part of the job, I won three fights in a row. If they think it’s not enough, I’m still going to continue to win fights until they’re going to call me back,” Cote stated.
“I want to be back in the UFC, and especially in Montreal at the end of March.”
Cote is still technically a part of the UFC right now because he still does the French language broadcasts for all of the promotion’s shows. He’s just ready to get back on the other side of the camera, and knock a few people out along the way.